From YahooNews:

Army Spc. John Dresel from Oxford, Conn. is kissed by an Iraqi child in Baghdad Wednesday, April 9, 2003. The soldiers from the A Company 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment took over a section of northern Baghdad with a warm welcome from many residents, but under sporadic rocket and small arms fire.
(AP Photo/John Moore)

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  1. Elizabeth Guilmette says:

    I am very very proud of this picture. This is my Son John Patrick Dresel.
    When I seen this picture a bunch pf different emotion took over, happy he brought such happiness into these live, happy to see him ok, but still frightened for him’
    I love and am so very proud of him
    Elizabeth Guilmette el********@ru******.com