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June 4th, 2014
12:14 AM ET

Bob Bergdahl grew beard, learned language of captors to save his son

(CNN) - When Bob Bergdahl was formally introduced to America in the White House Rose Garden beside the President, he was startling to see and hear at first: the father had seemingly morphed into an Afghan tribesman, wearing a long beard and even speaking Pashto.

The transformation of the former UPS delivery man was five years in the making in the mountain valleys of Idaho, sparked when his son Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in June 2009.

In the half decade that he and wife crusaded for their son's release -finally won this past weekend - Bob Bergdahl journeyed deep into the meaning of his son's captivity and war itself, according to media accounts.

He immersed himself in books about Afghanistan and its Pashto language, to speak to his son's captors if only from afar. When it was over, he emerged as someone apparently transformed by his odyssey to save his son.

"I am your father, Bowe. To the people of Afghanistan, the same," Bergdahl said during the Rose Garden announcement of his son's release.

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  1. Name*cheryl

    I m really dispointed with let 4 top of tilaban let go for a soldier I know how it would feel if my son did it but if that soldier left his fellow soldiers behind he went AWOL my husband spent 20 years and I know he wouldn't leave the other soldiers behind and now we have to wait if we will have terriost and all the security that is here they will find a way to get the untied states that was one soldier it was his choice and now the soldiers that had stay are risking their lives because of one soldier how many soldiers had died and still fighting for a war that we shouldn't have been there to begin with they. had been fighting for years and years we shouldn't have been there well when they start to bomb us or what ever they decide what to do to USA and there probably be more kill just for one man because he decide to go to the Taliban and surrender that should have the American to be ready to protect there self because we let go 4 dangerous men and it not nothing happen it would be great but we really don't know what will happen I pray it doesn't don't get me wrong I feel for the man and family that was in captives I have a son I know they hurt

    June 5, 2014 at 1:40 am | Reply
  2. Collin LaMey

    Guy is not just a deserter. The guy is a traitor.

    June 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Reply

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