A Georgia resident, Eric Comfort, stopped by his local Chick-Fil-A on Monday night to get a bite to eat. He was stunned by what he saw out of the corner of his eye on an abandoned table, just out of his direct line of vision. He turned to see more clearly then went to investigate and found something that is common in most military dining halls across the country and on U.S. bases around the globe, but not so much in the private sector. What he saw was the dining table set up for the missing soldier.
These “missing man tables” are set up to remind other service members of their brothers and sisters in arms who have either been taken captive or simply gone missing during deployment. It’s an old tradition that dates back generations in the military.
The last known American P.O.W. was a specialist in the U.S. Army named Bowie Bergdahl. After Bergdahl ended up “captured” by Taliban forces in Afghanistan, his rank was artificially inflated to that of Sergeant. It would later turn out that Specialist Bergdahl willingly left his post and sought out the Taliban and turned himself over to their custody because he’d become disenfranchised with the war. U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama traded five of the most dangerous terrorists in the world for Bergdahl’s release. Bergdahl is currently facing charges for desertion, but it is doubted he’ll ever see a day in jail.