Captured U.S. soldier's letter revives family's hopes
June 6th, 2013
03:58 AM ET

Captured U.S. soldier's letter revives family's hopes

By Cristy Lenz

(CNN) - The family of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban in 2009, received a letter from him recently - reviving their hopes that the 27-year-old army sergeant is still alive.

Bergdahl's father mentioned receiving the letter in an e-mail exchange with Dwight Murphy, the spokesman for the local POW/MIA group in Boise Valley, Idaho.

"We have received a letter from Bowe through the Red Cross!" the father says in the exchange. "He was scripted and redacted but he was no doubt alive and his faculties fully functioning as of two months ago."

He did not say when he got the letter, but Murphy copied and pasted the exchange with the father on his Facebook page after receiving his permission to do so.

The father's letter goes on say, "They are being very careful with him. He is still highly valued at high levels.

"Guantanamo, drones and politics in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Washington are still the big issues."

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    March 24, 2021 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  2. Silverado

    This kind of kidnapping completely justifies why the war with Muslim terrorists should be fought with drones without jeopardizing soldiers in that hostile territory.

    June 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Is that you Phunnie boy, posting under the name of Silverado or not? Either way, it's a stupid post!!!

      June 8, 2013 at 7:03 am | Reply
  3. Navyvet8192

    I really hope this young soldier isn't just another POW that the U.S. chooses to ignore or forget. You'd think we'd learn from the mistakes of our parents government... Wait, most of the government is still the same old cronies with the same screwed up moral compasses. Bring this man home!

    June 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • Quigley

      Well said, Navyvet8192. You can say that again about those cronies in Washington which I call self serving right-wing thugs who care only for themselves!

      June 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  4. jonny

    yes just ask the bus of school kids they bombed and killed or ask the women who have acid thrown in there face, taliban are not known for looking after people, keep up the drones as the more they complain the better they are working.

    June 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  5. George Patton-2

    Let's all do the right thing for once! Let's stop this obscene war by suing the Taliban for peace and finally bringing this boy home! First of all, we need to turn a deaf ear to the warmongers in Washington whose only concern is to line their pockets with blood money made from this obnoxious war.

    June 6, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply
  6. USMC1371

    If Obama doesn't bring this hero home before the end of his term then he will be a complete failure as commander in-chief.

    June 6, 2013 at 5:24 am | Reply
    • Cindi

      Hero ? Come on really now ! Bergdahl intentionally walk through the gates of his base on his own two feet, with out his weapon in hand. This has already been established numerous times. Hero ? I don't know any hero's that are alive. The real hero's are all buried in the ground.

      June 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  7. Bangash

    This young man has suffered and suffering due US warmongers. No doubt Taliban will be taking great care of him which he might tell when come home as he is not in the custody of America where captives are humiliated in Guantanamo and other detention centres. Let us pray for his safe return so that he could tell the truth and expose US barbarism in world politics.

    June 6, 2013 at 5:02 am | Reply
    • ?

      as the strongest military in the world, the united states military should never be engaged in ground wars that last over 1 year much less 1.5 decades before it is all said and done, when that happens the mission is not right and the gov has failed, the cheney administration committed treason at tora bora when they let the taliban retreat into the tribal bases where they train, plan and attack from, the war on terror to this point is an overall failure (more enemies and more radical fundamental governments or lack of – although europe got its oil supply back in lybia) – the united states engaged in war in korea against china, south vietnam vs north vietnam, afghanistan vs tribal bases – does anybody else recoginize a pattern – no victory and no attacking the enemies base of operations with the intent to destroy them, the taliban will be back in afghanistan as a political power within 3 months of us troop withdrawl (and the news won't report on it anymore) i was reading that our troops will be watching the taliban move across the border with their ak47's hidden under their horses yet the soldiers can't attack and deal effective losses to the enemy, GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT,

      June 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply

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