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Bergdahl back in US after years as Taliban captive

SAN ANTONIO — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned to the United States early Friday after his release from five years in captivity in Afghanistan in a controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban.

Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday

WASHINGTON — Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recuperating in Germany after being released from five years of Taliban captivity, is scheduled to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas on Friday, a defense official said.

Will Sgt. Bergdahl be left behind in Afghanistan?

WASHINGTON — The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America’s only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?

Local civilian contractors among first American POWs in WWII

After seven decades, Don Rumpel still gets choked up as he recalls his father’s internment in Japanese prison camps and his liberation at the end of World War II. His father, Fred Rumpel, grew up on an Idaho farm and was among more than 1,000 civilian contractors taken prisoner in December 1941, when Japanese troops overran Wake Island.

WWII bomber pilot held ex-POW group together

Jerry Gleesing, a World War II bomber pilot who survived German prison camps and returned to his childhood sweetheart, died Sunday at age 85. Gleesing was commander of the Spokane Inland Empire Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, a group that has remained prominent at local veterans’ events despite its diminished membership in recent years.

Iraq veterans join POW ceremony

The war veterans on one side of the aisle bore the physical scars of wounds in Iraq. Those on the other side carried the invisible emotional scars of surviving prisoner camps in Japan, Germany, Korea and Vietnam.

Former POWs share memories of their sacrifice

YAKIMA – Each year, members of the American Prisoners of War come back to their annual convention, and each year they are fewer in number. They come here to be with old friends who know how they feel and to share stories. When they are all gone, there will be no one left to tell about the sacrifices they made 60 years ago so future generations could live in peace.