Skip to comments.Master Sgt. Mark Allen dies 10 years after being shot in the head while looking for Bowe Bergdahl
Posted on 10/13/2019 5:32:22 PM PDT by blueyon
Retired Army Master Sgt. Mark Allen has died 10 years after he was shot in the head while searching for deserter Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan. Allen died on Saturday at the age of 46, according to funeral information posted online.
He had been unable to walk or speak since he was a sniper shot him in the head in July 2009 while he was looking for Bergdahl, who had walked off his base in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, the Walton Tribune reported.
At Bergdahl's trial, Allen's wife Shannon testified that it would take up to 90 minutes each morning to get her husband out of bed, showered, and dressed. She had to use a pulley system attached to the ceiling to move him.
His young daughter liked to climb into his wheelchair and sit on his lap, Shannon Allen said.
(Excerpt) Read more at taskandpurpose.com ...
I can’t think for all the steam coming out of my ears.
I hope President Trump honors him.
He died needlessly for a scum sucking traitor
[According to documents released by his defense team, Bergdahl was diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder following an Army Sanity Board evaluation. On July 27, 2015, a memorandum from the sanity board stated “Though Sgt. Bergdahl did have a severe mental disease or defect at the time of the alleged criminal conduct, he was able to appreciate the nature and quality and wrongfulness of this conduct.”
In September 2015, following earlier postponements, an Article 32 hearing (similar to a preliminary hearing in the civilian system) was held at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. At the hearing, Dahl testified that he found no evidence suggesting that Bergdahl was “sympathetic to the Taliban” or intended to desert. Dahl also testified that Bergdahl had “idealistic and unrealistic expectations” of people, identifying with Ayn Rand’s character of John Galt. Dahl testified that he had found no evidence that any soldiers had been killed while specifically engaged in the effort to retrieve Bergdahl. Dahl also testified that imprisonment would be an “inappropriate” penalty for Bergdahl.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Visger presided over the hearing and made a recommendation on whether Bergdahl should be court-martialed. In October 2015, Visger “recommended that the charges be referred to a special court-martial and that a punitive discharge and confinement would be inappropriate given all the circumstances.” Visger’s recommendation was reviewed by General Robert B. Abrams, the commander of United States Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the “convening authority” in Bergdahl’s case.
In December 2015, Abrams rejected the recommendation and ordered that Bergdahl face a general court-martial on the two charges. His trial was first set for February 2017. Regarding these charges, Bergdahl had sought a pardon from President Obama, which was not granted.
In 2016, Bergdahl’s case was the focus of Season 2 of the podcast Serial.
On President Donald Trump’s inauguration day, Bergdahl’s lawyers sought to use the president’s words to end the prosecution. Specifically, Trump had denounced Bergdahl during the presidential campaign as a “dirty rotten traitor.” The defense attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the desertion and endangerment charges against Bergdahl, saying it was now impossible for him to get a fair trial. They contended that the effect of Trump’s statements violates a prohibition on unlawful command influence, a legal concept in military justice.
Colonel Jeffery Nance declined to dismiss the case in February 2017, then it was appealed and was denied by the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals in March. Bergdahl’s defense then filed a third motion, again asking to dismiss the case over the comments from Trump. Bergdahl returned to court for a pre-trial hearing on May 5, 2017, where the judge said he intended to start jury selection on October 16, 2017.
However, it was announced on August 21 that Bergdahl had rejected a trial by jury and chose instead a trial by military judge Colonel Nance. On October 16, 2017, Bergdahl, via his attorney, pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. His sentencing hearing was slated to take place on October 23.
On October 23, the military judge heard arguments to renew a motion to dismiss the court-martial, citing recent comments by President Trump on October 16. Trump said that he couldn’t comment on the case, and added, “but I think people have heard my comments in the past.” Prosecutors claimed that Trump was merely trying to distance himself from his previous remarks about Bergdahl. Sentencing testimony began on October 25.
On November 3, 2017, military judge Nance accepted Bergdahl’s guilty plea and sentenced him to be dishonorably discharged, reduced in rank, and fined $1,000 per month from his pay for ten months, with no prison time. The fine and reduction in rank were to take effect immediately, while the discharge was stayed pending automatic appeal.
The judge did not give his reasons for the sentence, which was later reviewed by General Abrams. As the final sentence included a punitive (dishonorable) discharge, it was reviewed by the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
After the sentencing, President Trump tweeted “The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.” In June 2018, General Abrams approved the sentence. ]
Once again an editor is needed, 2nd paragraph is terrible.
My son was also out there looking for him.
He holds a special contempt for Bergdahl....
However Bergdahl and his supporters die will definitely get a thumbs up from me. We know who you are.
What a terrible waste of a good mans life. The traitor, Bergdahl, lives on as a free man,after his parents were honored in the Rose Garden by Obama. This disgraceful incident is part of the rancid legacy of Americas Worst President.
Ditto for me.
“My son was also out there looking for him.
He holds a special contempt for Bergdahl....
Please tell your son Thank you for your service...and I understand his having a special contempt for Bergdahl
If anyone deserved a “Blanket Party” it’s Bergdahl.
Obama has blood on his hands..giving back 4 jihadists to get back that scum Bergdahl
Hold two firing squads for two traitors. Obama and Bergdhal. The blankets are to cover the remains. IMO
B.Bergdahl's outcome is a DISGRACE and an insult to the U.S. and its Military!
life certainly is not fair or just...
Any site for contributions?
"they" do not care about the regular good people.....
but they sure do like to use them to fight their little drug and oil wars....
Calling all Patriots . . .
Come to Georgia Mr President to attend the funeral. We always welcome you here and this would be a great thing for you to do to honor Mark and his family.
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