NEVER FORGET THE SOLDIERS THAT DIED TRYING TO RESCUE BOWE BERGDAHL. THEY ARE THE REAL HEROES!!
Pentagon officials have suggested that Bergdahl will likely not be charged with any violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, believing that five years in Taliban custody was punishment enough.
But those irate over Bergdahl fear that the nation has forgotten the men they say were lost in the hunt for him:
Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, of San Antonio, Texas, and Private 1st Class Morris Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C., were killed by a roadside bomb in Paktika province on Aug. 18, 2009, while trying to find Bergdahl. Like Bergdahl, they were part of the 4th BCT from Fort Richardson, Alaska.
Bowen’s mother last heard from her son the night before he died. “Clay called me around midnight to tell me I
wouldn’t hear from him for a few days,” she said. She never heard from him again, although she can still hear his voice in the two CDs he recorded with the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus. “He was the only bass in the group,” she said, “so you could always hear him.”
“What I think of first when I think of Morris is his smile because he was always smiling,” his junior-high teacher,
Wanda Bordone, told the Associated Press after he died. “He had a great sense of humor, lots of friends.”
Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27, of Murray, Utah, diedAug. 26 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was shot while his unit was supporting Afghan security forces during an enemy attack. Like Bergdahl, Bowen and Walker, he was part of the 4th BCT.
“I’ll never forget you Kurt,” Adrian Ramirez a fellow soldier from Fort Richardson, posted on a memorial site. “You were my first team leader from the beginning and my squad leader to the end. I will miss you and all the memories I have shared with you.”
2nd Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34, of Dallas, Texas,died Sept. 4 in Paktika Province when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device and a rocket-propelled grenade. Like Bergdahl, Bowen, Walker and Curtiss, Andrews was part of the 4th BCT.
“We grew up with an enormous amount of pride for our nation,” Andrews’ mother, Sondra, told the Amarillo Globe-News. That was understandable: his father. grandfather and uncle had served in uniform. “We passed it on to our children, never thinking we would pay the ultimate sacrifice.”
Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, of Snyder, Texas,died Sept. 6 in Paktika province after being wounded by an IED. Like Bergdahl, Bowen, Walker, Curtiss and Andrews, Murphrey was part of the 4th BCT.
“On his 17th birthday his family took him skydiving and after that,” his obituary read, “he decided he wanted to be an Army paratrooper.”
On Sept. 4, 2009, Private 1st Class Matthew Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill., was seriously wounded in Paktika province when Taliban forces attacked his vehicle with an improvided explosive device, a rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire.
The U.S. military rushed him to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany—the same medical facility where Bergdahl is now being treated.
Bergdahl is expected to fly home to the U.S. soon for additional care and counseling.
Martinek never got that chance. He died a week after the attack—on Sept. 11.
Martinek “tried not to talk too much about what he was doing, but he said he liked helping people,” his brother, Travis Wright, told the AP.
Like Bergdahl, Bowen, Walker, Curtiss, Andrews and Murphrey, Martinek was part of the 4th BCT.
The diversion of these men and their units to the hunt for Bergdahl thinned the ranks of U.S. troops elsewhere in the region, contributing to several more American KIAs, U.S. soldiers who were there at the time believe.
Military justice can be swift and merciless, although that appears unlikely in this case. But the past cannot be erased, and it’s that legacy that gives the troops involved a markedly different view of Bergdahl and his rescue than that of most Americans sitting at home, paying scant attention to the nation’s only soldier missing in action in Afghanistan until Saturday.
The reason, for anyone who has been in combat, is pretty simple. Soldiers never forget. Civilians rarely remember.
U.S. MARSHALS HUNT FOR FUGITIVE WHO SKIPPED OUT ON 10-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE
$10K award is being offered for information leading to his arrest
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marshals and the State of Hawaii are seeking the public's help in locating Luke J. Warner, one of Hawaii's Top 15 most wanted fugitives. Warner, 48, is wanted for skipping out on a 10-year federal prison sentence for meth trafficking. He is also facing a prison sentence from the state.
"Luke Warner's blatant disregard of the court's ruling and his decision to challenge law enforcement has made his apprehension a top priority, said U.S. Marshal Gervin Miyamoto. "Our Deputy U.S. Marshals and our federal and state law enforcement partners are determined to ensure Warner faces justice."
Authorities believe Warner may have fled Hawaii, and has ties in California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Iowa, but his whereabouts are currently unknown.
He has an extensive criminal history to include armed robbery, theft, weapon and drug possession, and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Warner, who also uses the alias Louis Manetti, is a 5-foot-7 white male weighing 170 pounds with graying hair, light brown eyes and a small facial divot on his left cheek. His interests include dealing in precious metals, and going to jewelry shows and swap meets.
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading directly to Warner's arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.
For additional information about this case, go to http://www.usmarshals.gov. Note to media: To speak with the lead investigator on this case, call Deputy U.S. Marshal Brad Bolen at (808) 436-9009.
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