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Old December 9th, 2006, 08:20 AM   #1
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This is what the media won't tell you about the Soldiers

Marines Save Iraqi Baby to Honor Fallen Medic
Routine Patrol Turned Into Mission to Help Sick Child
(Dec. 8) - The story of a group of Marines' quest to save a sick baby in war-torn Iraq gives some hope to humanity this holiday season.

At the center of the story is Navy medic Chris Walsh and the 1st Battalion 25th Marines. The Marines were patrolling the streets of Fallujah in June when they faced an enemy attack.

"An IED exploded immediately adjacent to Chris' vehicle, so they all piled out to chase the trigger man," said Capt. Sean Donovan.

But the Marines had a surprise encounter in their pursuit.

"And as they did so, a woman came from one of the houses calling to them that the baby was sick. So they stopped, and Chris came up and looked at the baby," Donovan said. "And this was baby Mariam, and it was immediately clear to him that this baby desperately needed care."

Baby Mariam was just 2 months old and suffering from a rare intestinal abnormality. Under the threat of another attack, Walsh had to make a quick decision.

"Right on the spot, the mission changed from the trigger man to the baby girl," Donovan said.

A routine military mission suddenly became a lifesaving mission for Walsh and those around him.

"The shared willingness to engage this mission was the bravery of the family in bringing her forward," Donovan said.

Visiting Under Cover of Darkness

For the next three months, Walsh and the team made house calls under the cloak of darkness into the dangerous city to help the baby.

They were trying to get baby Mariam stabilized, taking photographs, consulting experts, and trying to get her papers to leave the country for medical care.

Staff Sgt. Ed Ewing led the visits.
"We showed up at all different times of the night," Ewing said. "They never knew when we were coming. We did that purposely to protect us and protect their family."

As months went by, the unit continued its routine patrols. On Sept. 4, tragedy struck when one of their Humvees was hit once again by an IED.

This time three men in the unit were killed -- Lance Cpl. Eric Valdepenas; Cpl. Jared Shoemaker; and Walsh, baby Mariam's guardian angel.

For those who survived, saving baby Mariam became a eulogy to their fallen comrades.

"To honor Chris, to honor the other men that died in battalion, we had to go through with the mission and keep fighting," said Father Marc Bishop.

Mission Accomplished

Eventually the Marines won their fight, and baby Mariam was granted permission to leave Iraq.

Dr. Rafael Pieretti from Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital performed the surgery, which took place in October.

"She's doing well," Pieretti said. "She's gained weight. She's socializing more. She has a different life."

On the eve of baby Mariam's arrival, Walsh's mother, Maureen, received a letter from Donovan, telling her the story of a life that was saved because of her son's big heart.

The letter from Donovan read in part: "Although he won't be visible, Chris will be very much on that patrol, the hope for Mariam's very tiny life having arisen from the charity and gallantry of your son."

Recently Maureen Walsh met baby Mariam.

"It made me feel like Chris was there," she said. "He wanted something like this. He wanted to make a difference in somebody's life.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 08:26 AM   #2
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That is awsome,I know this stuff happens everyday but as you said you won't hear it much from our media!!

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Old December 9th, 2006, 09:44 AM   #3
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That is awsome,I know this stuff happens everyday but as you said you won't hear it much from our media!!

x2...or mikesova for that matter....I bet he finds quite a bit but chooses not to post the good side of things.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 11:48 AM   #4
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That is awsome,I know this stuff happens everyday but as you said you won't hear it much from our media!!

How's that song go? "Bring us dirty laundry". People want the bad, it makes them feel better about their own lives. Where are the stories of the good our troops are doing? Examples like these.

Sgt Plouhar (Romey's cousin) giving out candy for instance.


Or this.


No one talks about these fine soldiers as they aren't "newsworthy". I, on the other hand, think this is the news America should see from Iraq.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 12:20 PM   #5
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I agree it's news that people should hear.




































































And just think. If the little girl goes back to Iraqi maybe she can grow old enough to chase after american soilders that are teasing her with bottles of water :tonka:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9A_vxIOB-I&eurl=
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Old December 9th, 2006, 01:48 PM   #6
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You are a complete douche bag.As everyone said before can you prove those were are troops?NO you can't These are the real US troops.......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgQJE...elated&search=

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Old December 9th, 2006, 02:22 PM   #7
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Old December 9th, 2006, 08:23 PM   #8
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Good post RJ
Thanks GM, just tired of the bashing our troops are getting. To me, these soldiers are the heroes, not some overpaid, whinny-ass sports jerkoff. They deserve some respect, in my opinion.

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Old December 9th, 2006, 08:26 PM   #9
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And just think. If the little girl goes back to Iraqi maybe she can grow old enough to chase after american soilders that are teasing her with bottles of water :tonka:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9A_vxIOB-I&eurl=
bwahahahahha

and you are doing what to protect our country? Oh wait, thats right, completely nothing.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 09:49 PM   #10
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bwahahahahha

and you are doing what to protect our country? Oh wait, thats right, completely nothing.
and you?
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Old December 9th, 2006, 10:04 PM   #11
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and you?
And you? I think the point BMF was trying to make is this: Since you two jerkoffs are doing nothing for this country you have no right to judge.....and for that matter, neither does anyone else who hasn't served. Until you put yourself in the place of the soldiers doing this country's dirty work, you should keep your put down's toward those who serve to give your ass freedom to yourself.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 10:15 PM   #12
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and you?
What about YOU dickweed?
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Old December 9th, 2006, 10:23 PM   #13
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I'm grateful for the freedoms our military has provided to me. I feel sorry for our soldiers in Iraq because I feel they are there as part of a political chess game.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 10:29 PM   #14
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Gentlemen, do you understand that this has nothing to do with the WAR and is a human interest peice?

This is a slow news day story. As important as it might be to show the human side of soilders this has nothing more to do with the WAR then those soilders teasing little kids. This story probably would have made the headlines they day the soilder was killed by and "insurgent" because that is actually about the WAR.

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Old December 10th, 2006, 01:23 AM   #15
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Gentlemen, do you understand that this has nothing to do with the WAR and is a human interest peice?

This is a slow news day story. As important as it might be to show the human side of soilders this has nothing more to do with the WAR then those soilders teasing little kids. This story probably would have made the headlines they day the soilder was killed by and "insurgent" because that is actually about the WAR.
I think the point of this thread was to show that the liberal POS media base of the U.S. is too concerned with making anything bush related look bad...
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Old December 10th, 2006, 06:44 AM   #16
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I think the point of this thread was to show that the liberal POS media base of the U.S. is too concerned with making anything bush related look bad...
what did bush jr. have to do with this?
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Old December 10th, 2006, 06:52 AM   #17
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I think the point of this thread was to show that the liberal POS media base of the U.S. is too concerned with making anything bush related look bad...
what did bush jr. have to do with this?

well of course, other than the obvious, that the marine wouldn't have been there with out jr. and the IED probably wouldn't have been there either...but other than that...
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The point was to show the good side of some fine Americans who are doing their job. It doesn't matter what they believe about the war, the politics, or the media, they are doing their best.

Too often on this site, we see the bullshit showing how bad the soldiers are. I felt it was time to show they do good things as well.

You guys have your thread for 'bashing' the troops, that's your right, and I have left it alone. You want to bash, put it there, not here. This thread is to honor our soldiers, not the war, not the political leaders, not the media. The American troops who are spending their holiday doing their jobs, and doing them wel, that who who I started this thread for.
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that means nothing to some people. I'd like to see some of these douche bags say what they think right to the soldiers faces..
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The point was to show the good side of some fine Americans who are doing their job. It doesn't matter what they believe about the war, the politics, or the media, they are doing their best.

Too often on this site, we see the bullshit showing how bad the soldiers are. I felt it was time to show they do good things as well.

You guys have your thread for 'bashing' the troops, that's your right, and I have left it alone. You want to bash, put it there, not here. This thread is to honor our soldiers, not the war, not the political leaders, not the media. The American troops who are spending their holiday doing their jobs, and doing them wel, that who who I started this thread for.
Except that the title of the thread says that "this is wha tthe media won't tell you about the Soilders" which is why I poised the question why should they, it has nothing to do about the war and it shows a good light and we all know that the media knows that someone doing something good does not sale. Why would you expect it on the media is what I was getting at.

I agree it was a great thing to do but I also think it was foolish because it put the lives of his officers in danger and that danger came back to bite him in the ass.
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