Soldier Swap for Taliban Members Has Midland Veteran Protesting on East Coast Every Morning
June 6, 2014 at 10:12 PM CDT - Updated July 27 at 7:15 AM
By Alicia Neaves
BLUFFTON, SC - A Midland veteran is making his voice heard on the east coast. He is protesting every morning, all over the government's decision to swap the last American behind enemy lines for five members of the Taliban.
It's a story that's generated lots of debate between those in favor of the government's decision and those against it. Former Marine Sgt. Drill Instructor Ethan Arguello is making sure morning commuters in South Carolina hear his opinion every morning.
When Arguello first heard that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released in exchange for five members of the Taliban, he took to the streets of Bluffton, South Carolina, to let morning commuters know where he stands.
"My fellow service members are out there, active duty and they are not allowed to protest like I'm doing. They feel the same way I do," Arguello said.
He protests every morning from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. For the Midland native, it's personal.
"I personally hold each Al-Qaeda member personally responsible for the death of my fellow marines," Arguello said.
When serving in Iraq, Arguello says seven members of his platoon were killed. Others, injured beyond return.
"I've been against a lot of things that have gone wrong in this country that's really pushed my buttons but this is just beyond. It's over the top," Arguello said.
On Thursday, he says a Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps in Parris Island confronted him. He was against Arguello wearing his cover while protesting. In the video, you can see the Sergeant Major taking Arguello's cover, then driving off. The cover was returned. Arguello says he is pressing charges of assault and battery. He says Sergeant Major turned himself in to authorities Friday morning.
"I'm taking a stand for us. For America. With America. To not allow anything like this to happen again," Arguello said.
Arguello isn't sure when he will stop protesting but he stands firmly by his message.
He started a Facebook page named "America's One Voice" for anyone interested in supporting his cause.