LONG TIME SPOKANE RESIDENTS REMEMBER WHAT IT'S LIKE
TO WELCOME HOME A PRISONER OF WAR.
IN 1991 AIR FORCE PILOT DALE STORR WAS HELD CAPTIVE
BY SADDAM HUESEIN'S REPUBLICAN GUARD FOR 33 DAYS.
ENDURING TORTURE AND EVEN GETTING BOMBED BY AMERICAN
IN A STORY YOU'LL SEE ONLY ON KXLY4, JEFF HUMPHREY
TALKED WITH LEIUTENANT COLONEL STORR.
SAYS BERGDAHL HAS A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF HIM.
COLONEL STORR REMINDED US TODAY OF THE SAVAGE AND
BRUTAL TREATMENT HE RECIVED AT THE HAND'S OF HIS IRAQI
DALE STORR WAS FLYING IN HIS A-10 THUNDERBOLT, STRAFING
IRAQI MILITARY TRUCKS WITH HIS 30 MILLIMETER CANON,
WHEN A PIECE OF FLACK SEVERED THE CABLES THE CONTROLLING
DALE STORR 51;07 fortunately for me i ejected just
in time, just before the plane hit the ground, got
i landed without injuries and as soon as i was on
the ground i could see the truck with the iraqi's
coming to get me 51;19
UNFORTUNATELY STORR HAD EJECTED OVER THE IRAQIS HE'D
JUST BEEN FIRING AT AND THE SHADLE PARK GRADUATE WAS
HE SAYS THE TRAINING HE RECEIVED AT FAIRCHILD'S SURVIVAL
SCHOOL HELP TO SAVE HIS LIFE.
42;43 they did break my nose, my eardrum, my shoulder
was dislocated, yea there was a lot of beating going
but like a said you can't train for it but you can
prepare for it.
STORR SPENT HIS FIRST WEEK OF FREEDOM WITH DOCTORS
AND PSYCHOLOGISTS ABOARD THE NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP THE
HE EXPECTS BOWE BERGDAHL WILL NEED A LOT OF TREATMENT
56;36 you know we've got some of the best docs in
they are going to help him, pull him through this
it sounds like he's got a strong family and that will
probably do more than anything to help get him through
this, but he's got a tough road ahead.
he's been through hell and he's been through hell
for a long time 56;49
STORR SAYS WHILE HE SUFFERED PTSD HIS SPOKANE HOMECOMING
WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY HELPED WITH HIS RECOVERY.
56;00 the first thing i did when i got back, my best
friend from college ken lundy picked me up in a budwiser
beer truck out on the flightline at fairchild and
as we were driving home i had to stop at taco time
for some mexi-fries.
i was craving those things, i love those things.
COLONEL STORR SAYS HIS CAPTORS LIED TO HIM ABOUT SO
MANY THINGS AND MADE SO MANY FALSE PROMISES.
THAT SIMPLY EARNING SGT BERGDAHL'S TRUST WILL BE THE
FIRST CHALLENGE FOR THE AMERICANS NOW TRYING TO HELP
STORR SAYS HE DIDN'T REALLY BELIEVE HIS WAS BEING
RELEASED UNTIL AN F-15 PULLED UP ALONG THE RED CROSS
PLANE THAT FLEW STORR OUT OF BAGHDAD.
REPORTING IN SPOKANE, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.