Editor Clare County Review:
The actions of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl need to be reviewed by a non-political military body. If the result of the investigation calls for it the matter should be set for Court-Martial. This is the way soldiers are provided their rights and the opportunity to defend themselves.
I don’t presume to know the facts but based on the allegations and their source it is something that needs to be pursued further. If he is found to have been a prisoner of war he will receive his back pay and other benefits. Otherwise he should be dealt with severely. Depending on the facts perhaps even execution. There is no excuse for desertion and going over to the enemy. If he didn’t believe that the actions of his government were right he had the opportunity to accept a Dishonorable Discharge or perhaps a General Discharge.
There are six good reasons to look into this further:
Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, of San Antonio, Texas;
Private 1st Class Morris Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C.;
Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27, of Murray, Utah;
2nd Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34, of Dallas, Texas;
Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, of Snyder, Texas;
Private 1st Class Matthew Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill.;
All killed searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. None of the families of these six soldiers were present at the news conference.
I would hope that he was captured otherwise we have a President exchanging five real prisoners of war for one deserter and accomplished without regard to the laws of the United States. The President is Commander and Chief of the armed forces but for the sake of propriety should have absolutely nothing further to do with the matter.
Ron Chadwick, Sr.