ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — A Roseville man who served with Bowe Bergdahl and was there when he walked away has many questions.
Bergdahl is back on U.S. soil, recovering at a military hospital in Texas.
It was nearly five years ago on a night that former Army medic Josh Cornelison will never forget.
“Never in a million years would I have ever guessed someone was going to walk away,” he said. “It’s such hostile territory.”
Cornelison says Bergdahl was a quiet guy who kept to himself, and all of a sudden vanished in the middle of the night while serving in Afghanistan. He would eventually be captured by the Taliban.
Cornelison and his fellow soldiers searched for Bergdahl for months, something he says was frustrating since he considers Bergdahl a deserter who put troops in danger.
“We spent so much time and energy and effort and manpower and getting blown up more times than I can count trying to find someone who didn’t want to be there,” he said.
As Bergdahl recovers in a Texas military hospital, there are plenty of questions about him and his captivity.
“Was is some mental health issue? Was it he wasn’t content with leadership? Was he not content with his fellow soldier?” Cornelison asked.
He says he isn’t as mad at Bergdahl as he once was, but says make no mistake—Bergdahl is no hero and needs to pay for what he did.
“He is a deserter, and people need to understand that he deserted his post in a time of war,” Cornelison said.