Air Force Deserter Found After 28 Years Living in Sweden

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

He actually blames Ronald Reagan for being a lowlife chicken-sh*t and deserter.

28 years after deserting the U.S. Air Force, a serviceman believed dead has stunned his family by contacting them from where has been living, as a fugitive, in Sweden.

Now aged 47, David Hemler vanished in 1984 while serving at a base in Germany, fleeing the country without a trace.

The conservative-raised airman hitchhiked through Denmark to Sweden after getting involved with a pacifist church – and a girl.

He felt in awe of the ‘fantasy world’ of Germany, its people ‘very involved in peace movements’ and became disillusioned with the policies of former President Ronald Reagan.

I’m sure there are plenty of folks in the military disillusioned with the current commader-in-chief, but we don’t see them deserting now, do we?

Hemler planned on staying in Sweden for a week or so, but ended up marrying a woman from Thailand and settling down under an assumed name.

Together they have borne three children and he works for a Swedish government agency, local newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported. He is registered in Sweden as a citizen of an unknown country who was born in Zurich, keeping his true identity a secret from his new family.

Hemler became one of the U.S. Air Force’s eight most wanted fugitives and had expected at any time to be arrested by military police with both Interpol and Europol looking for him.

A grainy picture of his 21-year-old self was posted on the website of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigation, as well as an age-enhanced photo guessing at his 47-year-old looks.

Let’s hope the Swedes have enough sense to deport him back here so he can be held accountable.


6 Responses to “Air Force Deserter Found After 28 Years Living in Sweden”

  1. Blacque Jacques Shellacque on 17/17/12 at 9:00 pm

    I say strip the guy of his citizenship and leave him there. If he gets sent back, and is convicted and imprisoned on U.S. territory, we the taxpayers end up footing the bill for his upkeep.

    Personally, I find that prospect a little less than appealing…

  2. Sargent Shooter on 17/17/12 at 11:12 pm

    My..My. 28 years ago would be 1984. What wars were we engaged in in 1984. Oh yeah..none. And any way he was in the Air Force. Those guys never hear a round go whistling by their ears, and he deserted?!?! What an amazing pansy ass. My 8 year old grand daughter is tougher than that and she still likes My Little Pony. Don’t bring him back. Just make live with the wussy Swedes until he dies. Oh and also take away his Man-Card. He isn’t a man. My grand daughter has more cojones at 8 than he ever will.

  3. Vic Kelley on 18/18/12 at 8:59 am

    He’s 47 now in 2012, and he disappeared in 1984. So he was about 19 when he deserted.

    Why would he be such a highly sought after “fugitive” by the Air Force? I don’t understand. People do go AWOL and desert they still do it today. As I understand it their identifying info gets entered into the NCIC and they are “passively” caught sometimes when they have encounters with law enforcement or credit checks, etc.

    I am very impressed that this man has been able to live so long like he has . It sounds like he lied in his process to become a Swede so they might use that as a technicality and deport him. They shouldn’t though not if he has been an otherwise law abiding person over there.

  4. Blue Hen on 18/18/12 at 9:30 am

    Leave them there. He isn’t worth one penny of government expenditures. Make sure he can’t re-enter the US.

  5. Old Intel on 18/18/12 at 11:27 am

    He would be one of the most wanted, because he was a member of a U.S. intelligence organization. It was policy that the people in our business back then could be declared deserters after 24 hours, based on the fact they had access to highly sensitive and classified information. Augsburg was a the place of a big cold-war intelligence base.