Hearts and Minds: How a simple act of kindness can change the world

Full credit to http://www.blackfive.net BlackFive.Net for printing the original story, and for bringing the confirmation that this was not just some exaggerated tale.

Marine reached out to child, and she saved lives – Sunday, 02/27/05

Read the linked article above, it’s simply too good a story to pass up. Following through some of the linked articles on Blackfive, you can also gain some insight into the way the average reporter treats a story like this… skeptical, at best.

Kudos to the Daily Tennessean’s Tim Chavez for following through and injecting this wonderful story into the “regular” media.

Here’s how Gunnery Sgt. Mark Francis of the II Marine Expeditionary Force described what happened next:

”Our lead security vehicle stopped in the middle of the street. This is not normal and is very unsafe, so the following vehicles began to inquire over the radio. The lead vehicle reported a little girl sitting in the road and said she just would not budge.

”The command vehicle told the lead to simply go around her and to be kind as they did. The street was wide enough to allow this maneuver and so they waved to her as they drove around.

”As the vehicles went around her, one of the Marines soon saw her sitting there, and in her arms she was clutching a little bear that he had handed her a few patrols back. Feeling an immediate connection to the girl, he then radioed that the convoy was going to stop.

”The rest of the convoy paused as he got out to make sure she was OK. The little girl looked scared and concerned, but there was a warmth in her eyes toward him. As he knelt down to talk to her, she moved over and pointed to a mine in the road.

”Immediately a cordon was set as the Marine convoy assumed a defensive posture around the site.

”The mine was destroyed in place.”