2013 Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River
St. Lawrence River - Waddington, NY, Aug 8 - 11, 2013

Gerald Swindle’s S.O.S

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Don Barone

Don Barone

db has been in the reporting biz for over 30 years, won some Emmys and other awards, but is proudest of his four-decade marriage, his two kids and the fact he founded Tackle The Storm Foundation to help children.

“Another lonely day, with no one here but me…”

Dateline: Brett & Shirley’s Kitchen, Waddington, NY


I was shocked,


I got really PO’ed,


in reality all I could do was,


And I hope all of you will do the same once you read this.

Be shocked.

Be mad.


And then, demand action from your elected officials, demand action from your government because,

here’s why,

and I can’t tell you how sad, mad, hurt it makes me to have to write this next sentence, a sentence I NEVER thought I would have to write,

but believe it or not,


A young man, a soldier fighting for his country, fighting for us, fighting for our freedom was captured by the enemy, the Taliban in Afghanistan,

his name, Bowe Bergdahl.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl,

he was captured on June 30th, 2009,

4 years ago,


America’s only POW.

And Gerald Swindle wants you to know about it.  And will show it to you every time he holds up a bass fish on stage.

“…more loneliness than any man could bear…”

“db if they have one of our guys, we should go and get him back.”

Look close at this photo of Gerald showing me a Bass he caught at the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown @ St. Lawrence River…

…see that small black and yellow band on his right hand…

…that’s the POW bracelet for Sgt. Bergdahl…

…and every time Gerald goes up on stage and holds a bass up for the crowd like he did yesterday in this photo…

…he will be showing the world America’s only POW.

“db,If it was me, I would want my country to come for me.”

“…rescue me before I fall into despair…”

The following DOES NOT reflect the opinion of B.A.S.S., Facebook, or the dude who copied the URL and sent it to you, or some political whacko who copied and pasted it and forwarded it to everyone in his/her address book:

This s**ks.