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SGT Bowe R. Bergdahl, US Army
Captured: June 30, 2009 - Afghanistan
Freed: May 31, 2014


"Today the American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years. On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal. Today we also remember the many troops held captive and whom remain missing or unaccounted for in America’s past wars. Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield. And as we find relief in Bowe’s recovery, our thoughts and prayers are with those other Americans whose release we continue to pursue."


“We were so joyful and relieved when President Obama called us today to give us the news that Bowe is finally coming home! We cannot wait to wrap our arms around our only son. We want to thank Bowe’s many supporters in Idaho, around the nation and around the world. We thank the Amir of Qatar for his efforts. And of course, we want to take this opportunity to thank all those in the many U.S. Government agencies who never gave up. Today, we are ecstatic!”
Col. Tim Marsano (serving as media liaison to the Bergdahl family)
Idaho National Guard
Public Affairs Officer


Bowe Robert Bergdahl (born March 28, 1986 in Sun Valley, Idaho) is a 28-year-old United States Army soldier who was captured by the Taliban while serving in southeastern Afghanistan in June 2009.

At the time of his capture, he was a 23 years old, a Private First Class (E-3) and a member of 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska.  On June 12, 2010, he was promoted to Specialist (E-4) during his captivity.  On June 12, 2011, Bowe was promoted to Sergeant (E-5) with the promotion certificate presented by the Army to his parents.

SGT Bergdahl went missing on June 30, 2009.  The Taliban has released several videos of SGT Bergdahl in captivity.  They are demanding the release of several prisoners in exchange for SGT Bergdahl's release.

~ You were NEVER forgotten ~

The POW*MIA Elko Awareness Association is dedicated to support SGT Bergdahl's family and the families of all those who may be Prisoners of War (POWs) or Missing in Action (MIA).


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