Tuesday, April 17, 2007

WEDNESDAY HERO

(The following post is from the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. There is more about the blogroll at the end of the post.)

 

This Weeks Soldier Was Submitted By Anna

 

Chief Mast Sgt. John Gebhardt
Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt Superintendent of the 22nd Wing Medical Group at McConnell Air Force Base
 
 
 
Have you heard of Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt?
 
 Maybe you have and maybe you haven't. CMSgt. Hebhardt gain some notoriety recently. Not for an action that he took on the battlefield, but rather for a
 picture
(not shown because it is graphic, please click the link to see the picture)
 that was taken of him.
 
In 2006, CMSgt. John Gebhardt was photographed holding a little Iraqi girl that had been injured. Her family had been attacked by insurgents. Both of her parents were killed, along with many of her siblings, and she had been shot in the head and left for dead. But she was tougher than that. She was brought to Balad Air Base Hospital where she was operated on and ultimately saved.
 
 As you can imagine, it was an extremely hard time for this little girl. Her recovery was hellish.
 
 But when CMSgt. Gebhardt would hold her, she seemed to be comforted. He spent many nights sleeping in a chair with her in his arms. The picture wast taken by a fellow airman while CMSgt. Gebhardt and the little girl were napping. Said CMSgt. Gebhardt, "I'm sure that probably just gave her some inner peace that she could reach."
 

( From Indian Chris  "On a side note. This is why I started doing these Wednesday Hero posts. Because of people like Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt. It's soldiers like him that make me proud of our military." )

 

 These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

 We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by going here.

 

3 comments:

tschuckman said...

That's a tear jerker for me.  Whois the lady with him  and what kindof dog is it.?

Tom S

kasee267 said...

I think that might be his wife, and I don't know the kind of dog. We get the Wednesday Hero post and picture from Indian Chris at Right-Wing & Right-Minded, he's the founder of the Wednesday Hero blogroll.

I hope you also clicked on the picture link of CMSgt. Gebhardt holding the little girl?

Kathi

princesssaurora said...

Wow... what a wonderful story... and a powerful picture of such a simple gift that he gave that sweet baby!

be well,
Dawn