Raising awareness about POW Bowe Bergdahl has been a mission of the Warrenville Rolling Thunder since Bowe was captured in 2009.
Billboards, bumper stickers, t-shirts and banners are just some of the ways the men and women of this chapter have been spreading Bowe’s story. So you can imagine when they got word Bowe had been rescued by Special Forces they were overjoyed.
“This is better than anybody could have expected, like I said, honestly I thought we were going to get this guy home in a body bag and for him to come home alive that’s the greatest thing it should set a precedent lets go after the other POWs that we know are still alive from the other wars.”
Dennis Reiter is one of the founding members of the Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 from Warrenville. Their major mission is to publicize POW-MIA issues. For the last 5 years they have been working around Illinois and the country to raise awareness about Prisoner of War Bowe Burgdahl’s.
“It was important for us to kind of keep it alive because we were afraid if we didn’t say anything no one would.” Saturday word of Bowe’s rescue spread quickly among the members of Rolling Thunder Warrenville. “He said yes he is released, and I just sat down be honest with you, I cried so.”
Bill Sharpness is a Vietnam Veteran who joined the Rolling Thunder about 10 years ago, it meant visiting a painful part of his past, but it also meant healing a part of him.
“It was always on my mind the POW issue I always had this guilty feeling and I met some members of the Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 Illinois and they were very dedicated it helped me.”
And although there is much joy today for Bowe and his family, Bill and his fellow members of the Rolling Thunder are determined to not forget about other prisoners of war and those still missing in action.
“The POW/MIA issue to keep it alive is our mission we won’t forget them and just the thought of the families they don’t know what happened it’s not right.”