Memorial Day 2006, it took me two seconds to decide to volunteer to seek freedom for the Camp Pendleton Eight. Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III asked me to attend the courts martial, so I did. All seven of Hutchins' men are finally free, but he is not -- so this mission is not accomplished.
Our troops have been exposed to a duration and intensity of guerrilla warfare by the insurgency not seen since the Vietnam War. Hutchins fought this war to accomplish the mission and look out for the welfare of his men. It's now up to the American people to secure the welfare of Hutchins, his wife and 2½-year-old daughter by asking for a presidential pardon or commutation of sentence.
PAUL DENNIS MARTINEZ