The soldier men died trying to rescue and for whom five Taliban detainees were released from Guantanamo was a deserter, his fellow soldiers assert.

Recently released POW Sgt Bowe Bergdahl fled his outpost in southeast Afghanistan in June 2009, according to Army officer Nathan Bradley Bethea, who served in Bergdahl’s battalion.

“On June 25, we suffered our battalion’s first fatality, a platoon leader named First Lieutenant Brian Bradshaw. Five days later, Bergdahl walked away.” Bethea isn’t alone. Matt Vierkant and Jose Baggett, who both reportedly served in Bergdahl’s company, have also come forward.

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