Every week on WOTN, the top name on each Moments of Silence - our call to honor and remember our Fallen Heroes - Sgt Bowe Bergdahl is the first name listed. Sgt Bowe Bergdahl of the US Army went missing on June 30, 2009 under mysterious circumstances while deployed in Afghanistan. He is a POW/MIA.
Bergdahl is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Since Bergdahl went missing, the Taliban has released three videos showing him in captivity. The Taliban have demanded $1 million and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Bergdahl's release. They have threatened to execute Bergdahl if Siddiqui is not released. Most of the Afghan prisoners are being held at Guantanamo Bay.
At the time of his capture, Bergdahl's rank was that of Private First Class (E-3). In June 2010, he was promoted to Specialist (E-4) during his absence. On June 17, 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant (E-5)
Sgt Bergdahl is still missing. In the ensuing months and years since his disappearance, Bowe Bergdahl has been written about - both in the msm and by the milbog community.
We have not forgotten Sgt Bergdahl.
In April 2010, in a video released by his captors, Bergdahl said:
"The very last thing is, just let me go. Get me to go, just -- release -- get me to be released because it's -- this war isn't worth the waste of human life that it has cost both Afghanistan and U.S. It's not worth the amount of lives that have been wasted -- the amount of life that has been wasted in prisons -- Guantanamo Bay, Bagram -- all those places where we are keeping, you know, prisoners. I'm a prisoner. I want to go home. You know, the men -- the Afghanistan men who are in our prisons, they want to go home, too. It's -- just let me go. Get me to come home. Release me. Get -- you know -- every day I want to go home. The pain in my heart to see my family again doesn't get any smaller. Get me -- release me. Please. I'm begging you. Bring me home. Bring us all home, back to our families, back to my family. Please. Bring me home. Please. Bring me home." -- Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl
Sgt Bergdahl is still missing.
In May 2011, Bowe's father released his own personal message to his son's captors:
An international group on a major social media site is calling for today to be a Day of Action and Prayer on behalf of Bowe Bergdahl.
Since the day Bergdahl went missing in action, many around the world have joined in prayer, and today, as well as prayers, is contact information of politicians who need to be working to expedite the return of Sgt Bergdahl to American soil, where he belongs:
Sergeant Bowe Robert Bergdahl, United States Army (dob 28 March 1986) of Hailey, Idaho, was captured in Afghanistan in June of 2009 by a Taliban allied Afghan insurgent group called the Haqqani Network. As of 30 November 2011, he will have been held captive by the enemies of America for 2 years and 5 months.
In remembrance of the June 2009 capture of Bowe Bergdahl, please contact your United States Congressional Delegation and tell them that obtaining the release of Sgt Bergdahl must be a priority. Remind them that America must not forget Bowe & that you expect the United States government to work tirelessly to bring him home.
You can use the following site to find info on where to contact your specific members of Congress.
You can also use the following lists to direct inquiries to members of the:
United States Senate Armed Services Committee -
United States House Committee on Armed Services -
Please take time on Wednesday, November 30th, to lift Bowe up in prayer, asking that he would be protected, strengthened and that he would be immediatedly returned home alive and well.
Let us NEVER FORGET those who have honorably served America in the United States Armed Forces.
No soldier left behind.
Previous columns - and more info, plus videos:
For more information on today's Day of Action and Prayer:
PLEASE NOTE: A Week of Action and Prayer is being coordinated with the Congressional calenders for both the House and the Senate so it will occur while both are in session. America's politicians must know that America will not forget Bowe Bergdahl. Dates/times are January 24, 2012 at 12:00am until Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:30pm
This is a public event. To join the event http://www.facebook.com/events/256605531054788/