Yesterday, I posted this photo
(well worth posting again) and today I find out the background to the story, thanks to Common Sense Runs Wild: Thank You Maj. Mark Bieger.
The soldier is Maj. Mark Bieger, a 35 year old West Point graduate. He's now the operations officer for the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment from Ft. Lewis, Washington.
I wondered when I saw the photo if Maj. Bieger had a child of his own he that he was thinking of as he held grieved over this baby.
Well, Michael Yon, the photographer, tells the rest of the story.
Major Bieger, I had seen him help rescue some of our guys a week earlier during another big attack, took some of our soldiers and rushed this little girl to our hospital. He wanted her to have American surgeons and not to go to the Iraqi hospital. She didn't make it. I snapped this picture when Major Bieger ran to take her away. He kept stopping to talk with her and hug her.
Michael, thank you so much for taking this picture. And thanks to you and your comrades-in-arms for your service to America. I have said it before, and I will always be honored to proclaim:
America is richly blessed to have men and women in our Armed Forces who are beacons of character, courage, and compassion.
May God keep you in His care, and may He bring you home soon and safely to enjoy the gratitude and respect of your family, friends, and countrymen.