Private Eddie Slovik was the last and only American soldier since the Civil War to be court-martialled and executed for desertion during a time of war. His sentence was carried out on January 31, 1945. Slovik’s full confession read:
I, Pvt. Eddie D. Slovik, 36896415, confess to the desertion of the United States Army. At the time of my desertion we were in Albuff (SIC) in France. I came to Albuff as a replacement. They were shelling the town and we were told to dig in for the night. The following morning they were shelling us again. I was so scared, nerves and trembling, that at the time the other replacements moved out, I couldn’t move. I stayed there in my fox hole till it was quiet and I was able to move. I then walked into town. Not seeing any of our troops, so I stayed over night at a French hospital. The next morning I turned myself over to the Canadian Provost Corp. After being with them six weeks I was turned over to American M.P. They turned me loose. I told my commanding officer my story. I said that if I had to go out there again I’d run away. He said there was nothing he could do for me so I ran away again AND I’LL RUN AWAY AGAIN IF I HAVE TO GO OUT THERE.
Slovik was both defiant and unapologetic in his written confession. He assumed that because other soldiers had also deserted their posts and received a lesser punishment, he’d also be able to avoid military service and be released with a dishonorable discharge. After being sentenced to death, Slovik appealed to future President Dwight Eisenhower and pleaded for clemency.
However, the Supreme Allied Commander confirmed Slovik’s sentence, saying that it was necessary to prevent other desertions and preserve the morale of fellow soldiers who were risking their lives to perform their duty. It’s too bad that same thought never occurred to former President Barack Obama.
The most significant differences between the cases of Private Eddie Slovik and Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl are these: no American soldiers were killed or wounded trying to rescue Eddie Slovik, and no enemy soldiers were exchanged for his safe return. Also, Slovik was drafted into service. He was an ex-convict who never wanted to be in the military.
Bergdahl joined the military voluntarily, but then abandoned his post and left the base deliberately without permission, or his rifle.
Like Private Eddie Slovik, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl confessed to deserting from military service in a time of war. Even though he was given a hero’s welcome to the White House by President Obama, this deserter and coward could possibly receive a life sentence from a military court for his crime of deserting his post during a war.
Mr. Bergdahl is apparently upset by the prospect of being incarcerated for the rest of his life in prison, where he will no longer able to spend his leave from active duty hanging out on marijuana farms in California.
However, as the interview below demonstrates, Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers had no doubts about the treasonous nature of his criminal behavior.
Nevertheless, Bergdahl still wants to elicit our sympathy, even though three of the five Taliban prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay for his exchange have tried to return to the battlefield where they might kill more American soldiers. Yet Bergdahl recently complained that the Taliban had treated him better than the Americans, saying:
At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, “I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat.”
Bergdahl also whined about being assigned administrative duties, as well as the possibility that he might spend the rest of his life in prison. He said, “We may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs.”
Bowe Bergdahl will get no sympathy from me. He can rot in prison, for all I care. What matters to me a lot more than Bergdahl’s feelings is the fact that six American soldiers died trying to bring home this miserable, cowardly excuse of a human being.
The fallen heroes were:
- Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen.
- Private 1st Class Morris Walker.
- Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss.
- 2nd Lieutenant Darryn Andrews.
- Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey.
- Private 1st Class Matthew Martinek.
Those men made the ultimate sacrifice so that a deserter could return safely home, which is a truly nauseating thought. Know that Private Eddie Slovik wasn’t responsible for the death of a single American soldier, yet he was executed by firing squad. He didn’t give aid and comfort to the enemy, or provide them with a bargaining chip.
By comparison — in addition to the six soldiers named above, who died trying to find Bergdahl after the deserter abandoned his post in the middle of the night, the blood of any troops killed in combat by the five murderous terrorists exchanged for his release will also be on the cowardly traitor’s head.
Lynch mobs in America are an unpleasant memory from America’s past. We no longer hang our citizens who richly deserve to die for their criminal behavior, either.
But perhaps in the case of Bowe Bergdahl, we could make an exception.