U.S. Marine of Jewish Faith Holds Afghan Baby in Iconic Photo at Kabul Airport

23-year-old female Marine Sergeant Nicole Gee cradles a baby in Afghanistan. / Photo via Instagram

Amidst all the anger, frustration and sadness swirling around the chaotic last days of U.S. presence at the Kabul airport, two particular images brought some joy to all concerned. Both were photos of U.S. Marines carrying small Afghan babies in their arms.

One was 23-year-old female Marine Sergeant Nicole Gee, who was gently cradling her tiny tot.

The sergeant was with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Gee was tragically killed by the terror bomb detonated near the airport main gate. She was a gentle warrior and a hero.

The other gentle warrior was a male Marine smiling at the baby in his arms. He was Matt Jaffe, a 27-year-old Marine sergeant, who is also Jewish.

According to JewishNews.TimesofIsrael, Matt connected with the infant after another Marine handed the baby to him. The child was later reunited with its father. It added:

“I’m just a Marine, same as the men and women I serve besides, doing a job to try and help people and protect people,” [Matt] said in a statement attributed in the media to the Marines. “It’s pretty grim out here and sad. I had an opportunity to show some humility and do something that was good for the soul.”

Meryl [Matt’s mother] said the smile was her son through and through. “He has a really good heart. He’s a good soul.”

She was not surprised to see him bond with a child: Matt Jaffe had spent five years coaching kids at the Manhattan Jewish kids’ camp. There was one family whose boys especially adored him. “He was their go-to babysitter,” his mother recalled, saying both parents were professionals with unpredictable work schedules. Matt would agree to babysit at a moment’s notice. “The boys loved him because he was fun to play with.”

Meryl said she and her husband did not expect a military career for their son. “Matthew was a kid that the only weapon he had was a very small water pistol in the playground, he was not allowed to have a Super Soaker,” she said. “We would not buy a Super Soaker for him.”

Matt got work as a bouncer when he was studying criminology at the University of Maryland. He had made friends with other bouncers, some of whom were former Marines. He enlisted his senior year and was off to boot camp within days of obtaining his degree. He signed on for six years and is due for discharge in May, when he plans to pursue graduate studies.

This is just a reminder that U.S. Marines, just like Americans in general, come in all types, and religions. And they protect their friends and allies regardless of faith, race, or nationality. Semper FI.  ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Joe
Joe
3 days ago

Hidenbiden and his minions have blood on their hands for all these soldiers(kids) slaughtered, and 20 wounded seriously, 180 afghanies dead and hundreds wounded, and hundreds of American and allies held hostage. We need to trade these minions for the hostages.

fabian
fabian
3 days ago

These poor blokes are pawns for deep state propaganda. I can’t fathom why the enlist when your commander in chief is Bush, Biden or Obummer. Spending their youth in those godforesaken places for a a meager pay and die. What a waste.

Rich Bach
Rich Bach
2 days ago
Reply to  fabian

It’s called patriotism, something you have nothing of. As a former Marine that served during Vietnam, I find your comment about those of that enlisted, reprehensible.

william Greenlund
william Greenlund
2 days ago
Reply to  Rich Bach

I also served in the Nam Rich Thanks for your service The Marines were The Backbone of our forces in the Nam I was with the 84 Engineers the Marines were the front line Patriots that supported us!

Jawad
Jawad
3 days ago

God bless and protect the Marines. Without derelict commanders, they would never, ever abandon our own to torture and death.

mark
mark
2 days ago

lets not forget. biden has the blood of Marine Sergeant Nicole Gee on his hands.

Ginny Rocco
Ginny Rocco
2 days ago

Those who died for us Americans are heroes. Dementia Joe is a killer. It’s sad they died for a so called president who cares so little for Americans. My heart goes out to those gold star families.

D Paul
D Paul
2 days ago

The fact that Nicole Gee was holding a baby is only natural. However, it must be asked just why she was there in the first place. Her job was as a protector and leading women and children to waiting planes.—The other Marine is shown protecting. She is shown cuddling. She is a political pawn and was part of a female unit which were added to the other Marines.—It is called a “female engagement team”. These women were not part of the trained unit but were added to the on site presence out of political correctness. Now, they are dead just like the men.

william Greenlund
william Greenlund
2 days ago
Reply to  D Paul

Biden is the person to hold responsible for the loss of life in Afghanistan and the people to blame for his win in the election were the dishonest Democratic leaders who falsified his election results!


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