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Marines and Corpsman risk their lives for a little Iraqi girl

December 8, 2006

This is one of the best stories that I’ve read in a long time.

Saving baby Mariam

Unto death, platoon fulfills a mission in Iraq



…Meanwhile, each week, under the cover of darkness, wearing night-vision goggles, Chris Walsh and a dozen Marines made their way to the shanty where Mariam lived. They parked their Humvees a mile away and walked a different, circuitous route each time. Staff Sergeant Edward Ewing, the platoon leader who devised and led the covert nocturnal visits, said Walsh’s team followed a routine: Lance Corporal Eric Valdepenas , a 21-year-old from Seekonk, and Cody Hill, a 23-year-old lance corporal from Oklahoma, hid outside Mariam’s house, providing cover, along with some others; Corporal Jared Shoemaker , 29, a police officer back in Tulsa, accompanied Donovan and Walsh inside the house, where they tended to Mariam as best they could, trying to ward off an infection that could kill her.

"We’re going to get her the help she needs," Walsh would say, to a family that didn’t speak English but somehow understood that the Americans, loathed as an occupying force by many in Fallujah, represented Mariam’s only chance.

Stuff like this is going on all the time, but I don’t think it gets reported often enough.

Via Blonde Sagacity.

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  1. Shawn
    December 8, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    wow…  thanks for sharing this, Brian…

  2. Kent
    December 8, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    I agree, this type of thing is probably happening all the time, but as it doesn’t follow the two main "rules" of The Press (i.e. ‘If it bleeds, it leads’ and ‘Sex sells’), it gets ignored by the mainstream press. The DoD definitely needs more bloggers in the field to make these things known (rather than clamping down on them).It’s also a great example of what I think the forces in Iran (and Afghanistan) should be doing more of, and more visibly. If the people of Iran and Afghanistan see the forces less as occupiers, and more as supporters, I think it would go more towards ending the two conflict than any number of troops.

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