Picture11 FALLUJAH, Iraq – Under the body armor, behind the rifle, Marines proved to Iraqis there lies a compassionate heart.

Marines from Personal Security Detachment, 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment changed up their normal routine of patrolling the streets of Fallujah to visit a physically disabled child.

Marines with the battalion are currently serving under Regimental Combat Team 5 in Fallujah, Iraq.

The 5-year-old-girl needs braces to walk and a back brace to sit up straight. Iraqi doctors in Fallujah were unable to diagnose the child, so her illness has not been identified.

"Today it felt like we gave something to that little girl’s welfare," said Lance Cpl. Kenneth W. Davenport, a 21-year-old-rifleman from Bradyville, Tenn. "We had good intentions, and it felt really good. It was great to be around those kids and to be alert, but also to let down our guard. I really enjoyed that."

Story by Lance Cpl. Stephen McGinnis


  1. OORAH to a fellow Tennesseean Lcpl.Davenport!!! Way to go Marines…this story just goes to show they are tough guys but at heart they are like teddy bears..=) God bless em, wish I could give everyone of them a big hug!Semper Fi!

  2. The Marines, what beautiful words. Giving so much of themselves, taking so little. I know firsthand just what a difference Marines can make in a child’s life, as many from all over the country have reached out to my daughter. It is amazing how a Marine can be so fierce to their enemy and yet turn to a child and be so tender.

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