Harvey Keitel was a United States Marine long before he ever became an actor. Decades have passed since Keitel left the Marines but he still believes in the brotherhood of the armed services.
According to Fox News, Keitel has taken it upon himself to see that heroic Green Beret, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland gets re-instated after he was unjustly discharged for confronting an Afghan police commander who had raped a 12 year old boy.
“When I was a young Marine I understood we were present in order to help others who did not have the wherewithal to protect themselves,” Keitel wrote in a letter to California Representative Duncan Hunter. “Whomever owns the idea that decided to reprimand these two men instead of giving them a medal for their actions should be asked what the hell they would’ve done if it was their child in question.”
Sgt. 1st Class Martland and his team leader Capt. Daniel Quinn confronted the pedophile commander after learning of his crimes from the village elders and other sources. Capt. Quinn was able to get a confession from the police commander. After they intervened the Army removed the two heroes from Afghanistan. Capt. Quinn left the Army but Martland was ordered to be discharged.
Sgt. 1st Class Martland is continuing to fight tooth and nail against his discharge, calling it “morally wrong.”
Sgt. 1st Class Martland is not the only one who feels that it is wrong that America is turning it’s back on him for doing the right thing. “I am a citizen of the U.S., married, a father, actor, and former Marine,” Keitel wrote. “American values are on the line here, and no person I know would not have taken the same actions SFC Martland and Capt. Daniel Quinn did to protect a child, period. That’s an American value.”
May 1st is when Sgt. 1st Class Martland is expected to learn his fate in the armed services. We can only hope and pray that elements within the current administration don’t continue to unjustly punish a true American hero.