The goodness of US soldiers

October 23, 2006 at 10:19 pm (Amusement, Blogs, Iraq, Military, The Internet, The United States, Websites)

So often, the armed forces of The United States are depicted and described as evil monsters. We know they are not: it’s all false propaganda by people who are wont to lie.

But I have found a picture that is, in a word, sublime. It may make you cry; it may lift your spirits; it will fill you with pride in our men and women in uniform. This may be old for many, but this is new for me.

John Gebhardt and little Iraqi girl
This picture is of Chief Master Sargeant John Gebhardt. A little Iraqi girl was rescued from an attack by insurgents, who killed her entire family and shot her in the head. She survived, but would cry all day. She would only be calm when Gebhardt would hold her. So Gebhardt has held her and slept with her in his arms for four nights (by the time the picture was taken).

Thanks to:
“An Email from Iraq” by John of OpFor.
“Why We Fight, Part…I’ve Lost Count” by MikeyNTH of Cold Fury.
“Chief Gebhardt… Making a Difference” by El Capitan of Dude, where’s the beach?
“Gentle Warrior” by dcat of Razor Sharp Claws.
“Severely Wounded Little Iraqi Girl Comforted In Arms Of U.S. Airman” by Richard of Hyscience.
“Thanks, Chief” by Beth of My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
“Gentle Warrior” by Anna of A Rose By Any Other Name.
“”Baby Killer” Comfort” by alan of Kim & Her Friends Explain It All.
“this made me cry” by Marsha of Marsha Loftis.

Another story of/by Chief Master Sergeant John Gebhardt (also has a picture of him holding a baby):
“Prepare now, your life depends on it” by Chief Master Sergeant John Gebhardt on Air Force in Iraq 332nd AEW.

Another example of how our men and women in uniform have a positive impact (quite a heart-warming story):
“The Soldier and the Boy” by Anna of A Rose By Any Other Name
from
“Found” by bandit.three.six of bandit.three.six.

May God bless and keep all of the above, and may He bless, keep, protect, and abundantly comfort and strengthen all of our men and women in uniform, wherever they may be. May the world thank them for the wonderful job they do, and may we always be grateful to them.

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31 Comments

  1. Monte said,

    My goodness, where have you seen soldiers depicted as evil monsters? I watch the PBS and BBC news every night, and have not seen it.
    I have seen many truly heroic stories. And, I have seen the stories of a few soldiers who did some pretty monstrous things. I hope you’re not suggesting murder and torture and coverup are propaganda stories – that kind of talk suggests the Armed Forces are worse than we think, not better.
    If we went to any group of 130,000 people tonight – let’s say, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – there would be a lot of people doing what they ought to be doing and there would be a few abusers being taken off to jail.
    It doesn’t mean Cedar Rapids is a city of monsters. It doesn’t mean the news media are liars and propagandists for reporting it.
    It just means that in a free country bad guys can’t count on getting away with it.
    And for that, we can be thankful.

  2. Anna said,

    Thank you for adding me to the list! It is a wonderful story, and I thank you for sharing it with your readers!

  3. Purple Avenger said,

    My goodness, where have you seen soldiers depicted as evil monsters?

    Never hear the Pantano story eh? Or Murtha’s comments…

  4. roc ingersol said,

    Or Durbin’s comments

  5. Kadnine said,

    We’re fighting against monsters. Monsters who shoot kids in the head. To me, that pretty much sums up the “why” of our fight. I can’t say there’s much pleasure in it (God knows I came back from Iraq with some emotional scars, shocked at the plight of good Iraqis living under the bootheel of Saddam) but at least I left Iraq knowing that good folk like Chief Master Sargeant John Gebhardt stayed behind to carry on the fight!

    Without our innate goodness, we’d be doomed.

    This story and picture bucks up my spirit. Thank you for this. Seriously. Thank you.

  6. thegreenrevolution said,

    So where are these people saying soldiers are evil and monsters? Frankly, I love soldiers – they have pledged to defend the country that I live in. Everyone knows that US soldiers are doing the best they can under incredibly difficult circumstances.

    But, should that stop the debate over the policy of the President and Congress? The answer is no.

  7. Rochonf said,

    Goodness?… Cry?… you make me laugh!.

    I am sorry, my friend. How can we know she is not died?. How can we know she has no bullet between her eyes?. How can we know

    Put your goodness deep inside in your asshole. You are just another CRIMINAL, a wolf with the leather of a bee. You and the USA soldiers like you, rising terrorists, enshitting everything you touch. You, and other bastards like you, and those criminals like Cheney and Bush, and Condy, and Rumsfeld, you brought the hell to Earth.

    HERE YOU HAVE the REAL pictures that people keeps in their minds. All around you, all around the whole World that you destroy decade after decade, this is your real INHERITANCE.

    http://www.salon.com/news/abu_ghraib/2006/03/14/introduction/

    Go to your OWN home and stay with your family, stop violating, stop killing, stop abusing. Just stay at your damned home and live there many years. Once more, we have to say those famous words: Yankee, go home!.

  8. Bob said,

    This is something I posted on Dan Freeman Site “It Shines for All.

    Make my feelings known

    Stand Tall, Stand Proud. (10/19/06)

    Last night on my way home from work, I decided to stop at Marlowe’s in
    Palatine, Illinois for dinner and a few drinks. The parking lot had a lot
    more cars in it than I thought was usual for a Thursday night.

    As I sat down at the bar, I noticed a young man in a Marine uniform talking
    to a few people. I did something that I will never fail to do when I see one
    of our service men. I walked over to him, shook his hand and thanked him for
    what he was doing. His reply was, “Thank you, I appreciate that.”

    When I returned to my seat I asked the server to give the Marine a drink on
    my tab. That is something else I will never fail to do. Though I thought
    that the crowd was there for the Marine (perhaps a welcome home), I learned
    that the get together was for his father who was a regular customer at
    Marlowe’s. It really didn’t matter because I still had the privilege to meet
    him.

    The young Marine came to thank me for the drink and I shook his hand again.
    What struck me immediately were his proud stand and his strong handshake. He
    earned the right to stand tall and stand proud. He is a Marine. I could also
    not help but notice the Purple Heart that he wore on his chest.

    He had served 3 tours of duty in Iraq. He mentioned the names of cities in
    Iraq that I couldn’t even begin to spell correctly but I knew that there had
    been some intense fighting there. I didn’t get into the details of his
    assignments but I had the feeling that he truly believed in what he was
    doing.

    I met his fiancée as well. She was absolutely beautiful. She jokingly
    expressed sympathy for me because I had served my 6 years in the Army and
    not the Marines. They will be getting married next February.

    I bought the Marine another drink and thanked him one more time before I
    left. I also asked him to tell his fellow solders that there are many here
    that support them.

    In closing, I am asking all who read this to show your support by going to
    this link that was previously posted on Michelle Malkin’s site.

    http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/americasupportsyou/index.aspx

    Also, if you see these brave men and women out having a drink or dinner put
    it on your tab. Never fail to thank them.

    Bob

  9. John said,

    Great Musli. Just superb.

  10. Eric said,

    Thanks for the post – it has made my day.

    Eric

  11. wolffood said,

    You know what I really love about studying WWII the way I do?

    The way the same images keep coming up.

    Heinrich Himmler patting a Russian child on the head, after the SS has taken out the kid’s village.

    German paratroopers and British soldiers petting kittens and puppies. Sometimes together.

    German volunteer chaplains sneaking around their commanders to feed bombed-out kids.

    And now we’ve re-designed our uniforms to look like SS Summer kit! Including the Tigerjacken camouflage patterns.

    For those of you who remember WWII, and are trying to figure out the suicide bombers and their attack upon their own people, two terms should be helpful:

    “Kamikaze” and “Collaborator.”

    Bomb somebody, fill them with grief and hate to the point they just want to die, and just want to take somebody with them when they do it.

    Is any of this really confusing? Or wasn’t expected? Especially knowing the history of WWII?

    The only people on the planet who sympathize with us right now — and kindly tell us it’s a phase we’ll have to go through — are the Germans.

    Oh, joy.

  12. the Esoteric Sheik of Inner Confusion said,

    Frankly, I love soldiers – they have pledged to defend the country that I live in. Everyone knows that US soldiers are doing the best they can under incredibly difficult circumstances.

    Errm, how exactly do you defend a country by invading another? As far as I am concerned the war in Iraq has very little to do with defence, except for the defence of pride. That does not tarnish the reputation of the individual soldiers – of course that the soldiers are mostly good men who wish for the best. They may be slightly misguided and they have been manipulated into it but that’s beside the point. But do wake up, defence is never employed on someone else’s ground.

    We’re fighting against monsters. Monsters who shoot kids in the head. To me, that pretty much sums up the “why” of our fight. I can’t say there’s much pleasure in it (God knows I came back from Iraq with some emotional scars, shocked at the plight of good Iraqis living under the bootheel of Saddam) but at least I left Iraq knowing that good folk like Chief Master Sargeant John Gebhardt stayed behind to carry on the fight!

    Hmm, you are fighting against monsters, are you? As far as I can see the only thing that distinguishes you and other American soldiers from Iraqi soldiers is a different perspective – otherwise both of you hold guns and use them to kill other human beings. They do it in the name of patriotic pride, you do it because someone has told you to. As far as I am concerned, they possess as much of a right to kill as do you – that is, none.

    Without our innate goodness, we’d be doomed.

    Without our innate stupidity, there would be no war.

  13. Wizzel Cogcarrier Wizzleton IV said,

    Never hear the Pantano story eh? Or Murtha’s comments…

    Or John Kerry’s. Remember those?

    they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks

    I am so glad we don’t have a liar for a president. Dubya may be slow, but he is definitely honest.

  14. TBinSTL said,

    I’m becoming a big BIG fan of comment censorship. How anyone can see this story and react the way some of your commenters have proves that they don’t deserve the respect that you give them by allowing their posts to stay up.
    Yeah, the stream of consciousness BS coming from people like these will eventually turn men of good will into the fascist monsters they seem to want us to be and then they can say “I told you so!” with their dieing breath. I hope they are satisfied with that outcome. Keep poking that bear kid!
    I’m suggesting censorship for your own good you idiots.

  15. nicevil said,

    Rochonf, I see that you are a person who has suffered.

    You are angry at the unfairness of the world.

    How innocents are killed for seemingly no reasons at all.

    You see yourself as the opressed minority. And you feel that you have the responsibility and the right to make the majority realize about the truth and help make the world a better place.

    That is a good thing.

    Go for it. But do not, ever, let hatred control you.

    We are all still human. Are you really that blinded with hatred and anger that you cannot even see a small child sleeping in the arms of a U.S. soldier ?

    Is it really such a bad thing to accept small happiness in times of war ?

    It is this very hatred and anger that stems more hatred and anger.

  16. Nicevil said,

    Rochonf, I can see that you are a person who has suffered.

    You are angry at the unfairness of the world.

    How innocents are killed for seemingly no reasons at all.

    You see yourself as the opressed minority. And you feel that you have the responsibility and the right to make the majority realize about the truth and help make the world a better place.

    That is a good thing.

    Go for it. But do not, ever, let hatred control you.

    We are all still human. Are you really that blinded with hatred and anger that you cannot even see a small child sleeping in the arms of a U.S. soldier ?

    Is it really such a bad thing to accept small happiness in times of war ?

    Hatred and anger only stems more hatred and anger.

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  18. str1der said,

    This is very nice and indeed there are good soldiers that girl would not have been in this situation if the occupation army hadn’t been there. Also have you wondered how many little girls have been killed by the american bombs hitting civilian targets?!

  19. Arvind said,

    Some soldiers are good, some evil. When power of arrest and detention are given to them without clear consequences, then abuses will occur and have occurred. Discussion of those abuses is healthy. The war in Iraq has caused enormous civilian casualities and that is a direct result of both US intervention in Iraq and mismagement.

    I have posted on my blog why both Neo-Conservative policies and Militant Islamicists will both fail in their objectives given their propensity to use violence through military intervention and terrorism.

  20. Daij said,

    Alas, this isn’t the kind of thing the mainstream news wants to show, they all have an agenda to depict this war as evil, unnecessary, and destructive and want to make Bush look bad. Only on blogs and conservative outlets do you see this…

  21. wolffood said,

    The picture of the young American soldier holding the little reminds me of the pictures from World War two of all kinds of soldiers — including German — holding children or puppies or kittens — in the midst of the destruction.

    Soldiers are young people, most of whose brains have not fully formed (that takes place around 25 years old). Give them a weapon and tell them to follow orders and they kill. Soldiers get killed, on all sides, but most of the casualties are women, children and the aged. Soldiers on both sides are killing them.

    Hand any soldiers a stricken child and they comfort it.

    It works with all of them, and always has.

    We’re all capable of anything, kindness or cruelty. Some American soldiers cradle hurt children. Some of them bring water and food to civilians. Some of them rape and murder girls. Some of them exchange pictures of Iraqui dead on the internet for porn. Anything you can imagine, an American soldier has probably done.

    They’re only human.

  22. jipmeister said,

    I didn’t realize that my link would show up like this in your comments …seems rather impersonal.
    I appreciated the distraction from my usual routine that your post provided – I needed, we all at times need, to be reminded that these are not just soldiers randomly blowing up things but these are real men and women. The tenderness and compassion portrayed in these pictures and so many others (i’m sure) is very moving.

    People need to be reminded of this, especially with the additional negative press as we near an election. People need to see that we ARE making a difference over there…even if it is only in the lives of these children (though I believe it is more far reaching than that).

  23. Rochonf said,

    Open your mind. If you had never INVADED Irak (illegal and criminal action), nobody would be talking of those crimes. Who the hell are you to invade a country?. Are you the Hand of God?. Which is your right to invade a country?. Where in the Bible or in the Torah or in the Heaven is written that?. Which rule is that superior rule you follow?.

    Many people knows that the USA was rised from very beautiful hopes and ideas. You seem to be a great people, and have a nice an d rich country. But recently you have lost the North point reference. You are too proud to be human. If you could, you’d try to manipulate God itself. And, as you can see day after day, you are human, just human beings.

    The world could understand that a lost civilization do such crimes, but… you… how could you do that?. How could a supposed cultivated and advanced country do that?. How could a responsible country do that?…

    Nobody around the world can understand so. That is why everybody points at you saying “shame on you”. Is like the big brother being the irresponsible, the mad boy.

    But your proud doesn’t allow you to understand so.

    I don’t defend that criminal bastard, Saddam Hussein, but you… what have you done?!!?!??…

    I can not understand blogs like this one. When one makes a mistake, a so big mistake, is supposed to be crestfallen, downcast. But, instead of that, you try to sell your image of guns fireing flowers and sweets????…

    I think is just your “novice” mistake. Look around you: powerful countries in ancient times, now simple countries. Spain, France, Great Britain… great empires, … and now what?… Thousands and thousands people that will never forget our imperialist crimes. And, well, you also deserve your chance of tripping over.

    I do really wish peace for you, boys. If you could use your strenght, your value, your resources rising that human and social aspects that your own people is needing. What about Social Security?. What about unemployment?. What about third age people?, about education?.

    I know people like you, they fighted in a war some time ago, and they only want a pill, day after day.

  24. Muslihoon said,

    I am glad for everyone who has stopped by. Some have left comments with which I cannot in any way agree. But I am glad, in a way, that they left their comments so we can get an idea what sort of people are out there. It is imperative for us to realize that critics exist, whom we cannot influence. All we can do listen/read and move on. There is no use debating them or reasoning with them or even responding to them.

    What is equally imperative is that we move forward, our critics’ criticisms notwithstanding, realizing we cannot please everyone. So be it. We will do what we believe to be our moral imperative.

  25. vanjog said,

    Hello to all

    I coming from other side of world and Im generaly againdt any military activity especly us
    Reason was Iraq – yes Iraq we seen videos how us marines give fredom to them and how they liberate them you can see dayly when dayly lost your love person.
    But in other hand USA have chep oil and new Mcdonalds star on map ….

    Any way I can just give my thinking on all that mass .
    I bielive that noone of that us soldiers be soldiers just because want to kill soome diferent think people than us adiministration .

    From refugies which coming first days from iraq funded information that us soldiest there not speaking english – they contact in spanish ? what is quite unusual and I bieliwe on that is one of reason for soo big number of mistakes ( reading civil kills).

    At last can seded just NO thanks Who want to inport US democraty Who …

    All best to all soldiers from person who rely not suport their actions.

    Coments are welcome

    VanjoG

    PS/ soory for my English

  26. “That’s the war we are fighting in a nutshell.” « Think Tankers said,

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  27. Dex said,

    “Hand any soldiers a stricken child and they comfort it.”
    Yeah, unless they’re Muslims. They try and shoot it in the head.

    “I don’t defend that criminal bastard, Saddam Hussein, but you… what have you done?!!?!??…”

    Really? Where are your pictures of Abu Ghraib under Saddam’s management? Where were they before the war, if you’re so outraged by injustice? Leash-girl and the naked pyramid are the same as rape rooms and dismembered doctors to you? Interesting.

    I always find it funny how people from the rest of the world have such strong opinions about our leaders. Rochonf, what’s your president’s name? I’d google it, but “The One that Ran Away from Iraq” usually suffices. It’s not like he’s terribly important in any other context.

  28. Rochonf said,

    I would never deffend Saddam, Dex, he was another criminal. Just keep your concentration, it’s YOUR troops turn, not Saddam’s. Don’t distract, boy. DO you have problems keeping attention?.

    The one that ran away from YOUR crimes in Irak. And the one VALIANT enought to say FUCK YOU to the “powerful army on earth”. One has to have BIG BALLS to say FUCK YOU ILLEGAL INVADERS AND TORTURE criminals. So easy!, lady Dex.

  29. Rochonf said,

    And now, Dex, tell me, what do you feel while watching the pics, Dex?… You feel right?, you feel sweet emotions?, were you one of them doing that proud jobs?… Are you having the pill too, Dex?.

  30. Rochonf said,

    “All we can do listen/read and move on. There is no use debating them or reasoning with them or even responding to them.

    What is equally imperative is that we move forward, our critics’ criticisms notwithstanding, realizing we cannot please everyone. So be it. We will do what we believe to be our moral imperative. “

    What’s next,… Iran?…

  31. Crystal Goodnight said,

    I was just emailed this story tonight. I did a search to find other stories of the like and I ran across your blog. This is a wonderful story and I am passing it on! Thanks!

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