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Bowe R. Bergdahl

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Member

1st Battalion
 
Background

Employment History

  • Member of the First Battalion
    501st Parachute Infantry Regiment
  • Spokesman
    Fort Richardson
  • Army

Education

  • high-school GED diploma
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Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, made ...
www.adn.com, 10 Aug 2009 [cached]
Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, made public since a Taliban video was released July 18.
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Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, was serving with the Alaska-based infantry regiment when he disappeared June 30, just five months after arriving in Afghanistan. He was serving at an eastern base near the border with Pakistan. The circumstances of his capture weren't clear. Details of such incidents are routinely withheld by the military to avoid giving away any information to captors.
Bergdahl is a member of the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson.
Bowe Bergdahl, who was ...
www.adn.com [cached]
Bowe Bergdahl, who was reportedly captured in Afghanistan in late June.
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Bowe Bergdahl says he wants to return to his family in Idaho and that the war in Afghanistan is not worth the number of lives that have been lost or wasted in prison. It is the first he has been seen since the Taliban released a video of him on Christmas.
The seven-minute video of Bergdahl shows him sporting a beard and doing a few pushups to demonstrate he's in good physical condition. There was no way to verify when the footage was taken or if he is still alive.
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Bergdahl disappeared June 30 while based in eastern Afghanistan and is the only known American serviceman in captivity. The Taliban claimed his capture in a video released in mid-July that showed the young soldier appearing downcast and frightened.
Bergdahl is a member of the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson.
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"The insurgents who hold Bowe are obviously using him as a means to ultimately cause pain to his family and friends," Smith said.
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In the sometimes choppy video issued Wednesday, Bergdahl talks about his love for his family, his friends, motorcycles and sailing.
"I'm a prisoner. I want to go home," he says in the video, which was made available by Washington-based Site Intelligence Group, which monitors militant Web sites. "This war isn't worth the waste of human life that has cost both Afghanistan and the U.S. It's not worth the amount of lives that have been wasted in prisons, Guantanamo Bay, Bagram, all those places where we are keeping prisoners."
At times speaking haltingly, as if holding back emotions, Bergdahl -- clad in what appeared to be an Army shirt and fatigues -- clasped his hands together and pleaded: "The pain in my heart to see my family again doesn't get any smaller. Release me. Please, I'm begging you, bring me home."
He added that he is strong and is "given the freedom to exercise" and to be a human being, even though he is a prisoner.
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"The community has definitely not forgotten Bowe Bergdahl, and the family continues to appreciate the support," said Marsano.
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U.S. officials have said that there were indications as recently as late January that Bergdahl was still alive. At the end of the video, a speaker, reportedly Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, demands the release of a limited number of prisoners in exchange for the American.
Military officials had notice prior to the first video of Bergdahl released by the Taliban last summer, giving them time to alert his family before its public release. It was unclear Wednesday whether military officials knew this new video was coming.
Bergdahl was 23 when he vanished just five months after arriving in Afghanistan. He was serving at a base in Paktika province near the border with Pakistan in an area known to be a Taliban stronghold.
Bowe R. ...
afghanistan.pigstye.net, 20 July 2009 [cached]
Bowe R. Bergdahl
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This story will remain as a featured article at the top of the front page until Bowe comes home. Further articles will be added here as events come to light. As a soldier and veteran of Afghanistan, we leave no one behind.
The Dallas Morning News -- The Pentagon confirmed Sunday that a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban and shown in a video released Saturday is Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho.
The 28-minute video shows Bergdahl in apparent good condition, with a shaved head, a stubble of beard and dressed in a traditional Afghan loose shirt and tunic.
Responding to prompts from his captors, Bergdahl calls for U.S. forces to be returned home and expresses his worry that he may never again see his family.
He was shown eating at one point and sitting cross-legged. He choked up when discussing his family and his hope to marry his girlfriend.
"I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America," Bergdahl said.
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Bergdahl is a member of the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
His unit is involved in counterinsurgency operations in a Taliban-infested region along the border with Pakistan.
In the video, Bergdahl said the date was July 14; it's clear the video was made no earlier because Bergdahl repeated an exaggerated Taliban claim about a Ukrainian helicopter that was shot down that day.
He was interviewed in English and asked his views on the war; his desire to learn more about Islam; and the morale of American soldiers, which he said was low. He was prompted by his interrogators to give a message to the American people.
"Please, please bring us home so that we can be back where we belong and not over here, wasting our time and our lives and our precious life that we could be using back in our own country," he said.
In the video, Bergdahl says he was captured when he lagged behind on patrol. In the days following his June 30 disappearance, however, U.S. military officials speaking on condition of anonymity said he was believed to have simply walked away from his base.
Bergdahl's family issued a statement asking people to keep the soldier in their thoughts and prayers but said that the family was requesting that the media respect their privacy.
Neighbors and others in the community have known for weeks that Bergdahl had been captured, but said the family urged them not to talk about the kidnapping out of fear that publicity would compromise his safety.
Although the military gave Bergdahl's hometown as Ketchum, friends and family said he lives closer to Hailey, a town of about 7,000 just down the road from upscale Sun Valley. Neighbors described him as an "adventurous" soul who was educated at home, danced ballet and took part in a sport fencing club. A director of the Sun Valley Ballet School in Ketchum said Bergdahl performed with the group for four or five years until about 2008, when he entered the Army.
Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of ...
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Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho, who went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan June 30.
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Bowe (pronounced BOH) R. Bergdahl, 23, who was serving with an Alaska-based infantry regiment. The private was last seen walking away from his base near the border with Pakistan in an area known to be a Taliban stronghold.
Even before his name became public, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to The Associated Press that the man in that 28-minute video was the captured soldier. The video, in which Bergdahl said he was "scared I won't be able to go home," provided the first public glimpse of the missing American.
The Pentagon statement said Bergdahl's whereabouts became unknown on July 1 and his status was changed July 3 to missing-captured.
It wasn't clear who initially captured Bergdahl, but the U.S. command in Afghanistan said he was being held by the Taliban and condemned the video as a violation of international law.
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"Thank you, and please continue to keep Bowe in your thoughts and prayers."
On the video, which was posted on a Web site pointed out by the Taliban, Bergdahl says he's from Hailey, Idaho, a town of about 7,000 people that lies 160 miles east of Boise. The Pentagon identified his hometown as Ketchum, which is about half the size of Hailey and about 12 miles north. His family says he grew up in Blaine County, closer to Hailey.
Bergdahl entered the Army in June 2008 and went through basic training in Fort Benning, Ga., said Lt. Col. Jonathan Allen, spokesman for Fort Richardson. Bergdahl also took advanced individual and parachute training in Georgia.
Bergdahl reported for duty in Alaska in October, and deployed to Afghanistan in February.
Before enlisting, Bergdahl worked as a barista at a coffee shop in Hailey, Zaney's River Street Coffee House, where a sign on the counter encouraged patrons to keep Bergdahl in their thoughts and prayers.
"Join all of us at Zaney's holding light for our friend Bowe Bergdahl. Bowe has been captured in Afghanistan," the handwritten sign said.
A similar message posted July 8 on the coffee shop's Facebook page suggests many in the small town have known for some time that Bergdahl was in danger.
Friends and former co-workers at the coffee shop declined to speak on the record Sunday to an AP reporter, saying they were abiding by the Bergdahl family's wishes for privacy.
One of the directors of the Sun Valley Ballet School in Ketchum said Bergdahl performed with the group for four or five years up to about 2008.
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In the video, Bergdahl had his head shaved and was seen with the start of a beard. He was sitting and dressed in a nondescript, gray outfit. Early in the video one captor held the soldier's dog tag up to the camera. His name and ID number were clearly visible. He was shown eating at one point and sitting cross-legged.
He said the date was July 14 and that he was captured when he lagged behind on a patrol. It's clear the video was made no earlier than July 14 because Bergdahl repeated an exaggerated Taliban claim about a Ukrainian helicopter that was shot down that day.
He was interviewed in English by his captors. He was asked his views on the war, which he called extremely hard; his desire to learn more about Islam; and the morale of American soldiers, which he said was low.
Asked how he was doing, the soldier said: "Well I'm scared, scared I won't be able to go home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner."
He later choked up when discussing his family and his hope to marry his girlfriend.
"I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America. And I miss them every day when I'm gone," he said.
He was prompted by his interrogators to give a message to the American people.
"To my fellow Americans who have loved ones over here, who know what it's like to miss them, you have the power to make our government bring them home," he said. "Please, please bring us home so that we can be back where we belong and not over here, wasting our time and our lives and our precious life that we could be using back in our own country."
Bergdahl is a member of 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade
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In the video, Bergdahl said he was lagging behind a patrol when he was captured.
Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials ...
www.greenwichtime.com, 30 June 2009 [cached]
Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials have received a new video of Bergdahl that they believe was taken within the last month, showing that the soldier is alive. The video came to light several days ago, said one senior defense official. Another official said that Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than previous videos, showing the signs of his nearly five years in captivity. Bergdahl, who is from Idaho, was taken prisoner in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.
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Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured more than four years ago in Afghanistan, says a new video of the soldier believed to have been taken in the last month has bolstered its resolve to bring him home safely to Idaho.
U.S. officials confirmed Wednesday they'd received the video several days ago. They said it shows Bergdahl, now 27, in poorer health than previous footage taken in the years since he went missing in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.
Bergdahl, from Hailey in central Idaho, is believed held by a group affiliated with the Taliban somewhere in Pakistan.
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Even so, residents of Hailey, where Bowe Bergdahl spent most of his first 23 years before enlisting in the Army, continue to adorn the resort town's trees and utility poles with yellow ribbons, to keep him on their minds.
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