Family of Dallas soldier says son killed in search for Bergdahl



Posted on June 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 10:23 PM

The mother of a Dallas soldier who was killed in Afghanistan said she was lied to about how her son died.

Military commanders told the family of of U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews that he had been searching for a top Taliban leader when he was killed by an improvised explosive device and a rocket-propelled grenade while shielding his comrades from the blast in 2009.

It has now emerged that Andrews was actually part of a search for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Army soldier released Saturday by the Taliban after five years in captivity.

Andrews' parents say their son was among many who considered Bergdahl a "deserter."

The Andrews said they are furious after countless soldiers who served with their son called them in the last 48 hours to tell them what they say really happened.

Sondra Andrews said her son had told them a soldier had "walked away" and that he considerd him a "deserter," but she didn't know that was the focus of his search when he was killed.

"I had been told one thing; I had processed one thing; I had gotten to a point that was the story, that's what happened. And that's how my son was killed," Andrews said. "And now, he's not doing what he went for."

Sondra Andrews went on to say her son's life is worth more than that.

The Andrews have not heard from the Pentagon, but hope to soon.

On Monday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced the military will investigate the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's disappearance and capture — but not before his medical treatment ends.

Bergdahl remains at a military hospital in Germany, where he is reported to be in stable condition. At a future date, he will be moved to a military hospital in San Antonio for rehabilitation.