In 2006 Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt, was assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Medical Group in the Balad hospital. The little girl in his arms was shot in the head execution style and left for dead when insurgents murdered her family.
She was cared for in John’s hospital and was healing up, but continued to cry and moan. The nurses said John was the only one who seemed to calm her down, so John spent many nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. Her healing went well and she eventually was released to a surviving family member.
“I got as much enjoyment out of it as the baby did,” John said. “I reflected on my own family and life and thought about how lucky I have been.”
While deployed to Iraq, the chief tried to help out any way he could. He figured holding a baby that needed comforting that would free up one more set of arms that could be providing care to more critical patients.
“I pray for the best for the Iraqi children,” he said. “I can’t tell the difference between their kids and our kids. The Iraqi parents have the same care and compassion for their children as any American.”
The muslim savages do this to a child (many, in fact) just because she belongs to another tribe, but Americans just see her as a baby. This is one of many moments that make us so proud of our guys in the military.
(h/t to the Grouchmeister)