A timeline of Sgt. Bergdahl’s captivity to release

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces in May after nearly five years in captivity in Afghanistan. Here is a look at some of the key events from his capture to release:

June 30, 2009 - Bergdahl, who is serving with an Alaska-based infantry regiment, vanishes from a base in Afghanistan’s Paktika province near the border of Pakistan.

July 2, 2009 - Two U.S. officials tell The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Bergdahl had “just walked off” his base with three Afghans after his shift.

July 6, 2009 -The Taliban claims that five days earlier a drunken American soldier had come out of his garrison and was captured by mujahedeen.

July 18, 2009 - Taliban posts video online showing Bergdahl saying he was “scared I won’t be able to go home.” Bergdahl also says he was lagging behind a patrol when he was captured.

July 19, 2009 - Pentagon confirms missing U.S. solider in Afghanistan is Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho.

July 22, 2009 - More than 500 people attend a vigil in Hailey , Idaho, to show support for Bergdahl and his family

Dec. 25, 2009 - Bergdahl’s family releases a statement: “The Bergdahl family pleads with the captors to let our only son come home. To Bowe: We love you and we believe in you. Stay strong.”

Dec. 25, 2009 - The Taliban releases a video showing Bergdahl apparently healthy and making a lengthy statement criticizing the US military operation.

April 7, 2010 - Taliban releases 7-minute video showing Bergdahl pleading for his freedom and to be returned home.

June 30, 2010 - Dozens of people replace tattered and faded yellow ribbons in Hailey that went up after Bowe’s capture. The event becomes an annual affair.

Dec. 2, 2010 - A video produced by Manba al-Jihad, a video production group of the Haqqani network, is released on the website of the Taliban network. It briefly shows Bergdahl standing next to a smiling insurgent commander.

May 4, 2011 - A newly released Taliban video shows Bergdahl being blindfolded and led away by an insurgent. It appears to be a portion of the same video that was released in December.

May 6, 2011 - Bergdahl’s father, Bob Bergdahl, appeals to the Pakistani military for help in freeing his son in a video posted on YouTube.

June 16, 2011 - The Army announces that Bergdahl has been prompted from specialist to sergeant.

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