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Former soldier who was wounded in 2009 search for Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan has died

LOGANVILLE, Ga. — A retired soldier who was shot in the head while searching for Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl has died.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 46-year-old Master Sgt. Mark Allen of Loganville, Georgia, died Saturday. His obituary says he died from complications of an injury sustained while serving in Afghanistan.

Mark Allen with wife, Shannon Allen of Loganville; son: Cody Allen of Tuscola, IL; daughter: Journey Allen of Loganville; grandson: Kruze Allen of Tuscola, IL. (Shannon Allen)
Mark Allen with wife, Shannon Allen of Loganville; son: Cody Allen of Tuscola, IL; daughter: Journey Allen of Loganville; grandson: Kruze Allen of Tuscola, IL. (Shannon Allen)
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives at the Fort Bragg courthouse for a sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)
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Allen was shot during an insurgent ambush in 2009. He was left unable to speak and paralyzed over much of his body. His official cause of death hasn't been released.

Allen spent 21 years in the Army and the Army National Guard. He retired upon receiving a Purple Heart in 2013.

Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and held for five years. He was spared prison time for abandoning his post and endangering military comrades who participated in the lengthy search for him.

Bowe Bergdahl, center, demoted to private from sergeant, is escorted from the Fort Bragg military courthouse on Nov. 3, 2017, in Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl was dishonorably discharged from the military after being charged with dissertation and misbehavior before the enemy in his deception to leave post in Afghanistan in 2009. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
Bowe Bergdahl, center, demoted to private from sergeant, is escorted from the Fort Bragg military courthouse on Nov. 3, 2017, in Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl was dishonorably discharged from the military after being charged with dissertation and misbehavior before the enemy in his deception to leave post in Afghanistan in 2009. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
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