Parents of fallen soldier say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl 'not a hero' - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Parents of fallen soldier say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl 'not a hero'

Frederick and Debi Linck Frederick and Debi Linck
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

There was celebration Saturday after Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released by the Taliban. But that was soon joined by reports that Bergdahl wasn't taken prisoner, rather he willingly left his fellow soldiers.

Military families, including some in Middle Tennessee, are among those speaking out, saying the American soldier freed after five years in captivity in Afghanistan is not a hero.

The government says it pledges to leave no man or woman in uniform behind, but instead of welcoming Bergdahl home, one couple who lost a son in combat wants the government to prosecute Bergdahl to the fullest extent of the law.

It is a very sensitive subject for Frederick and Debi Linck. Their son, Staff Sgt. Henry Linck, a 23-year-old fourth generation soldier, died in an IED attack.

"It's a slap in the face to everybody that wears the uniform of the United States and every American in this country," Frederick Linck said.

Bergdahl wandered off his base in eastern Afghanistan alone, unarmed and carrying a compass.

"He chose to be a prisoner of war. He walked away from his people," Frederick Linck said.

Five American soldiers died while searching for Bergdahl.

"It cost the lives of a lot of better men to look for him," Frederick Linck said.

Henry Linck's fellow soldiers were still fighting overseas when Bergdahl took off.

"He's not a hero, and don't believe he is. Talk to the men who were there," Debi Linck said.

The U.S. government exchanged five senior Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay to secure Bergdahl's freedom.

"We don't negotiate with terrorists. We hunt them," Frederick Linck said.

A Department of Defense representative tells Channel 4 News that Bergdahl "suffered a long and stressful ordeal. Our focus right now is on providing him the best possible care and there will be time later to look into the circumstances of his disappearance."

Doctors are now treating Bergdahl in a German hospital, and his parents still await his arrival.

The Lincks, however, want him in jail.

"Please do not put him on a pedestal. He needs to be put in Leavenworth and prosecuted and tried for his war crimes," Debi Linck said.

The Lincks aren't the only ones sounding off about the issue. Many are flocking to social media to voice their concern, and the Lincks say they've already contacted several congressmen, asking them to put Bergdahl behind bars.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • 78-year-old driver killed, 2 juveniles hurt in rollover crash

    78-year-old driver killed, 2 juveniles hurt in rollover crash

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:17 AM EDT2018-05-24 12:17:50 GMT
    Raycom Media/fileRaycom Media/file

    A motorist died, and two juveniles suffered minor injuries in a Warren County crash Wednesday night, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

    Full Story >

    A motorist died, and two juveniles suffered minor injuries in a Warren County crash Wednesday night, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

    Full Story >
  • Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17

    Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:32 AM EDT2018-05-24 09:32:04 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:12 AM EDT2018-05-24 12:12:58 GMT
    The passenger jet was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew were killed. (Source: CNN)The passenger jet was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew were killed. (Source: CNN)

    An international team of investigators say that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based...

    Full Story >

    An international team of investigators say that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit.

    Full Story >
  • North Korea demolishes nuke test site with series of blasts

    North Korea demolishes nuke test site with series of blasts

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:32 AM EDT2018-05-24 10:32:00 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:12 AM EDT2018-05-24 12:12:55 GMT
    Journalists took a long journey up to North Korea to witness the destruction of what North Korea said were nuclear sites. (Source: CNN)Journalists took a long journey up to North Korea to witness the destruction of what North Korea said were nuclear sites. (Source: CNN)

    North Korea has carried out what it says is the demolition of its nuclear test site in the presence of foreign journalists.

    Full Story >

    North Korea has carried out what it says is the demolition of its nuclear test site in the presence of foreign journalists.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly