Sunday, December 31, 2006

Picture of the Year (IMO): US Soldier Only One Able To Comfort Iraqi Child

I was sent this as an email forward, so you may have seen it before but it is worth posting:

Caption reads:

"Comforting Embrace: Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt, of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group at Balad, Iraq, cradles a young girl as they both sleep in the hospital. The girl's entire family was executed by insurgents; the killers shot her in the head as well. The girl received treatment at the US military hospital in Balad, but cries and moans often. According to nurses at the facility, Gebhardt is the only one who can calm down the girl, so he has spent the last several nights holding her while they both sleep in a chair.


Blogger PelaLusa said...

What a wonderful story! Thank you for posting it. I've read personal, first-hand reports from soldiers in the Middle East. They clearly care about the people over there!

Sadly the same cannot be said of so many in our country, exemplified by the likes of Jack Layton: "Remove our soldiers immediately from Afghanistan." What he failed to add, but what would clearly be a result of his demand is: "and don't worry about all the Afghan women & children who will be raped, murdered, and abused."

Hopefully more sanity will return to the minds of more Canadians in 2007 but somehow I doubt it!

Sun Dec 31, 02:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger vicki said...

Thank you for that amazing story!!We really have no idea how many times this good stuff 'happens'. Hate to bting Taliban Jack in to this but he needs to see it..Duceppe too!TO Sun has been covering stories about the Canadians in A'stan.

Mon Jan 01, 05:47:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anth said...


Sat Jan 06, 02:35:00 AM EST  

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