- THIS CAME TO ME ON MY COMPUTER WITHIN THE LAST FEW MINUTES IN WILMINGTON, NC. NO INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION. I KNOW AND TRUST THE SENDER.VERNE STRICKLAND USA DOT COM, VERNE STRICKLAND FACEBOOK.Tim WilkesVerne- here is a little more info on the Bergdahl story from people in his unit (TIM WILKES' SON) at the time of his (BERGDAHL'S) disappearance. I have followed it and knew of this information for quite a while and wondered how our government would spin it.
The following is the statement from a member of his unit. Forwarded from Jeff Howard. "We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to "walk the earth" and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he's gone. We search everywhere, and can't find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that's what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday."
- Verne StricklandTim: You have to get back with me right away on this. It is a flat bombshell, and will have extreme repercussions. Do you want to release this over the Internet? If so, I'll do it. I will have to use it with attribution -- your name, military rank, and home address. You okay with that? Pray before you get back to me. I'm praying now. Verne.
- Tim WilkesYou can do it however you wish Verne, I just received confirmation that his CSM confirmed he was a deserter but that could not be put in print or internet for his careers sake.As far as rank I am just a Sgt. medically discharged due to injuries with just under 11 years. Address is Shallotte, NC
- Tim WilkesWar is often not what we expect; it is not pretty, glamorous or fun. It is Hell! and it is life in the raw with all the warts and ugliness exposed.The real truth is that it does expose our character that lies beneath us waiting for the opportunity to show us the wretched soul we truly are, a leader or the selfless sacrifice that one makes without a second thought.