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Emotions Return For Local Soldier Who Searched For Bergdahl

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(KCEN) -- A Fort Hood soldier who risked his life and lost a friend in the search for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl reacts to his return.

5-year prisoner of war Bergdahl has been at the center of controversy, after the White House made a deal with the Taliban to free him in exchange for five known terrorists formerly detained at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

It has Sergeant Shawn Harris looking back to the date June 30, 2009.

"One day, they were like, alright, a bird is coming in, we're going to go on an air assault, and we're going to go look for this guy that walked off the base," says Shawn.

Until that moment, his unit had a train, advise and assist mission that would give the Afghan people a better life.

"We weren't even able to accomplish it, because we spent the entire time looking for him," Shawn says.

He'd spend weeks on end in hostile territory, going province to province in an attempt to locate Bergdahl.

He says he feared he'd lost his life the entire time.

For six of his comrades, that fear became tragic reality.

One of them was a close friend he had deployed with twice.

And as Bergdahl returns home, now receiving care at a hospital in San Antonio just miles away from Shawn's Fort Hood home, the emotions return with him.

Shawn says, "It's anger, it's anxiety, it's fear, It's all just hitting me all at once, everything that I experienced over there is coming back."

Now that the goal of the mission that cost him so much is realized, Shawn says his feelings are mixed.

"I'm glad he's home. He's an American soldier. We don't ever leave an American soldier behind."

Shawn's wife Kimberly agrees, even after watching all of Shawn's suffering, and giving birth to their first son all alone when Shawn had to skip a trip home in order to stay and search for Bergdahl.

When asked what justice looks like to her, Kimberly says, "Right now it looks like there's no justice."

So she awaits the investigation the Military has promised.

"And hopefully one day that will happen, and those who have perished and have been injured get that justice," she says.

Shawn says, "It's all anyone can hope for is the whole truth. There's always two sides to every story, and the truth needs to come out."

Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com

Photographer: Cameron Duckworth cduckworth@kcentv.com

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