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Bergdahl: 'Adventurer' longed to join the militaryBy Joseph Weber (Contact) Originally published 10:44 a.m., July 20, 2009, updated 11:32 a.m., July 20, 2009 ArticleComments ()Print[-][+] Font Size E-Mail AlertsTell a FriendGot a Question?You ReportClick-2-Listen Pfc.

Bowe R.

Bergdahl, the U.S.

soldier captured by the Taliban, is known as a born adventurer around his hometown of Ketchum, Idaho -- a town made famous for its breathtaking wilderness and those drawn to its challenges.

"Bowe's a pretty impressive young man," said Sue Martin, Pcf.

Bergdahl's former employer at Zaney's River Street Coffee House and a family spokeswoman.

She spoke to The Washington Times America's Morning News radio show on Monday morning.

"You don't miss him.

He's a strong presence, very interesting, very diverse -- an adventurer.

He's a really great guy." The coffee shop, trimmed in yellow ribbons and posters, has become the unofficial home for friends and well-wishers of the Bergdahl family and is about 10 miles outside of Sun Valley and Ketchum, whose valley streams and nearby mountains attracted and inspired American novelist Ernest Hemingway.

"People are happy to find a place where they can show their concerns and support," Ms.

Martin said.

She thinks Pfc.

Bergdahl's captors forced him to say in the video release Saturday that the U.S.

government should bring home troops "so that we can be back where we belong and not over here." Said Ms.

Martin: "We don't think that's something that he'd say." She also said Pfc.

Bergdahl, in the roughly 18 months that he worked at the coffee shop, constantly talk about joining the military and wanted to learn everything about most anything.

Pfc.

Bergdahl, 23, was serving in a combat-paratrooper unit based in Fort Richardson, Alaska.

He was in Afghanistan about five months before he went missing on June 30.

"Well, I'm scared -- scared I won't be able to go home," he also said in the video, which appears to have been made in mid-July.

"It is very unnerving to be a prisoner." It remains unclear whether Pfc.

Bergdahl was taken while wandering off his eastern Afghanistan base or captured when he fell behind in a small patrol.

The U.S.

military has condemned the 28-minute video as Taliban propaganda.

Ms.

Martin said she has spoken with the soldier's father, Bob Bergdahl, who along with other family members and residents has known for weeks about the capture.

She said Mr.

Bergdahl thanked the news media for respecting his family's privacy.

He has released a short statement to the public.

"We hope and pray for our son's safe return to his comrades and then to our family," he said in a statement released by the Pentagon.

"We appreciate all the support and expressions of sympathy shown to us by our family members, our friends and others across the nation.

Thank you, and please continue to keep Bowe in your thoughts and prayers." Click here for reprint permissions! Copyright 2009 The Washington Times, LLC CommentsRead CommentsPost your comment:Please login or register to post a commentGot a question? Ask on Yedda!Do you have another point of view, photos, audio, video or more information about a story?

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