Platoon Medic: Sgt. Bergdahl Was a Deserter, Not a Hero
A platoon medic told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post and that he is not a hero.
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“After Bowe Bergdahl purposely and willfully walked away, every single mission was titled toward finding him,” platoon medic Joshua Cornelison told “Fox News Sunday.” “We were there. This isn’t some second- or third-hand account.”
Cornelison’s comments come several days after a State Department spokeswoman told Fox News that Bergdahl is “probably the person who knows best what happened on that night” and dismissed published accounts from platoon mates about the events surrounding Bergdahl’s June 5, 2009, disappearance and capture.
Cornelison also spoke on the same day Fox News confirmed with Defense Department officials specifics about Bergdahl’s recovery at a U.S. military base in Landstuhl, Germany, including that he attempted to escape at least once -- possibly twice -- and that he was put in a metal cage or small room for periods of time that included solitary confinement.
The escape and confinement was reported earlier this week by Fox News, based on secret documents prepared for the Defense Department by a private firm.
Bergdahl also is being treated for some nutritional deficits that would be considered normal after being in captivity for five years and that he still has not spoken to his parents.
Bergdahl was returned by his Taliban captors June 3 in eastern Afghanistan in exchange for the release of five Taliban detainees at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“The American people need to be educated that Bowe Bergdahl is not a hero,” Cornelison said.