It is rare that I honor a member of the Air Force. This is in no part due to their lack of bravery, but is in fact because Marines and soldiers are more often on the front lines, and therefore get the bulk of the news coverage. This week I am proud to honor Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt. I learned of this true, and heart-warming, story in an e-mail that I recently received, and I have posted the e-mail in it's entirety. A story such as this one goes to show that not all acts of heroism are performed on the battlefield. Please feel free to put it back into an e-mail and send it on, or send a link to this post. This is a story worth repeating.
John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head...but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John's hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.
He is a real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.
This, my friends, is worth sharing. Go for it!! You'll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if you don't, but the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we're doing over there is making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.
James Gates U. S. Navy