Illinois Review –
WASHINGTON – Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin writes in Townhall.com what a soldier that served along Bowe Bergdahl revealed to her earlier this week about lives that were lost searching for Bergdahl. Bergdahl’s release from a Taliban prison camp was arranged in exchange for five Taliban warlords imprisoned at Guatanamo Bay over the weekend.
One of those fallen soldiers, Malkin’s source says, was from Bartlett, Illinois – 20 year old Private 1st Class Matthew Martinek. Military records say that Martinek was injured September 4, 2009 during hostile fire and an IED attack in the Afghanistan province of Paktika. He died a week later at a hospital in Germany. Martinek served in the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne).
Malkin’s source recalls that Martinek died in early to mid-July, 2009.