Soldier who served with Bergdahl: 'It was a very big betrayal'
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Soldiers who fought along side Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl are speaking out on what they say the kind of soldier Bergdahl is. Many of them also point out that fellow soldiers died and have been injured looking for Bergdahl after they say he left camp on his own.
Soldiers in Bergdahl's unit in Afghanistan are showing another side to the prisoner of war who was held captive for almost five years.
"Any of us would have died for him while he was with us, and then for him to just leave us like that, it was a very big betrayal," former Sgt. Josh Korder said.
His fellow soldiers have been going on Skype and putting out several Facebook pages talking about how one day he just disappeared. "He was on guard duty. A guy came to relieve him. Once it was his turn to rest, he just vanished and the next morning when they tried to do a roll call they couldn't find him and realized this guy sneaked out," said former inftantry officer Nathan Bethea, who served with Bergdahl.
There is even an on-line petition to the White House taking signatures to punish Bergdahl for deserting or going AWOL. The soldiers also want to make sure that his fellow infantrymen aren't forgotten, who they say were killed looking for him after he disappeared. "He pretty much voluntarily walked away and in turn caused the actions that may have killed them," Korder said.