To the Editor:
The recent letters to the editor on Sgt. Bergdahl might be right on the money.
However, there are a lot of gray areas about this subject, and only the United States Army has all the facts.
It would seem that Bergdahl was never picked up as a deserter.
The criteria for that classification is that after 30 days in Away Without Official Leave status, the individual is picked up as a deserter and dropped from the rolls.
The Army did not do that and carried him as a Prisoner of War.
The question is why?
In addition is the question as to why the Army made all of the other platoon members sign a nondisclosure statement about the incident.
It would seem like Bergdahl was in an undisciplined unit, as the platoon leader was relieved for arguing with a superior, either his company commander or battalion commander.
This would mean that there was no officer in charge at an isolated outpost.
According to most of the people in the platoon, Bergdahl was flaky, to say the least.
How was this soldier allowed to get off the base?
A better question would be why they didn’t ship him out after he stated that he might take off.
It should be noted that according to one of his platoon mates he had taken off on a few occasions, both in Afghanistan and in training.
The Army states that there were no soldiers lost searching for Sgt. Bergdahl; however, one of his platoon mates, who is now out of the Army, states that is not true, and that several missions were launched to search for him resulting in soldiers killed in action.
So who do we believe — the Army or Snuffy? You know I have always liked Snuffy.