Johnson calls for rescue of POW

June 19, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

While in Portsmouth on Memorial Day State Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) said he had a heavy heart about a prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

“This is a very special time for us to remember, and here we are at the KIA-MIA here in Portsmouth, and most Americans don’t know that we have a prisoner of war in Afghanistan right now,” Johnson said. “His name is Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. He’s from Idaho, and he has been held prisoner by the Taliban or the Haqqani network in Pakistan we think since June of 2009. I have introduced a resolution on the floor of the House that we are going to bring attention to this matter.”

On Tuesday Johnson announced that the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 24. The resolution urges the federal government, particularly the Department of Defense, to do everything possible to rescue United States prisoner of war Sergeant Bowe Robert Bergdahl.

Sergeant Bergdahl, 27, was captured June 30, 2009 in eastern Afghanistan by a militant Taliban ally called the Haqqani Network. His capture and subsequent plight has factored in negotiations between the United States and the Taliban.

“It is distressing to know that so few people have been made aware of the fact that the United States of America has a soldier held captive by our enemies in the Global War on Terror,” Johnson, a joint sponsor of the bill, said. “We owe it to this man, and to his family, to show that we recognize their pain, their great anguish, and their special sacrifice on our behalf. In the US military we have a creed that we will leave no man behind. That certainly must apply to Sgt. Bergdahl, as it would to any other service member who has not returned home from duty. My prayers go out for his safe and speedy return.”

A native of Hailey, Idaho, Sergeant Bergdahl was based at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

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