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A  Soldier's  Heart by proud-americans A  Soldier's  Heart by proud-americans
An act of valor in a time of chemical & biological warfare, this soldier risks his own life to save a child.

-My husband posed as reference for this one, and it is to him that I dedicate this piece.

-Submitted by member: Shimerdla
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wassap34 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
that is an eccelent piece and an interesting concept
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Purplebelladonna Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
Powerful image..
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Capobianco Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh My God! is amazing....is one of the most perfect things in deviant....Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i lov it!!!!!!!!!
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anniephoto Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
wow...i cant believe their aren't more comments on this piece, i think its beautiful. not to mention very well done.
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Masque-De-Mort Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
"... so that others may live." Outstanding!
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veta-clove Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
's comment pissed me off! grrrr! But I get alot of feeling out of this one, its so touching. Kudos to
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koby001 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005
Outstanding and honorable
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thesuccubus Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
Wow, this is very intense- so real and so very moving...!! Great work, stunning image!!
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stilgar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2005  Professional General Artist
I love it, too many forget the price dear paid then and now, those they decry as filth later they call heroes.........

You got it right.
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Xenogin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
>____< this peice makes me cry...soldiers...such brave soldiers..risking their necks for a better country..
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004
It's a great image, and it's something I know many guys in the units I've been in would have done the same had it been a real situation.
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reptilecartoons Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004
oh! what a nice picture. where is he? is it some american weapon-factory that bursted? or did he finally find the biological weapons of saddam hussein everybody talked about?
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004
Must be an American weapons-factory because we have children there. And I didn't know that Iraqi children were black.... /sarcasm

I'd hope you're not forgetting what the purpose of DeviantART is, which is for folks to showcase art of all types, and not all of it deals with what is going on in the world today. Hell, it just might not have ANYTHING to do with what is going on in the world today...like this image. It shows human sacrifice for another being that has absolutely no relation to them what-so-ever. It happens a lot across the world, and in this created (note that CREATED part) images' case it just happens to be an American soldier.
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reptilecartoons Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004
hmmm... you know if one of your weapon factories bursts it will leave a big hole in the ground and there WILL be children that die.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2004
Yes because we obviously don't make sure to have GOOD safety standards of our own handful of factories, and they're planted right inside a city where children will dwell...

Hmmm....lets think...how many US weapons factories that exploded ever...let's try...none? Ah hubris, thy ally is ye.
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reptilecartoons Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2004
i just wanted to state that you are glorifying your soldiers that were sent into a war that was built up on lies and is made absolutely incompetently. You are told stories about biological weapons in Iraq. How about biological weapons in america? If america starts preemptive wars, why shouldn't the rest of the world bomb america? The world has more reasons to fear america than america has to fear the rest of the world.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2004
You wanted to make a political statement when the image had nothing to do with the current policital climate.

The image is about sacrifice for others (and just happens to be an American soldier, would you complain so much if it was a German soldier? Probably not) over yourself.
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reptilecartoons Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2004
probably yes.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2004
So your issue wouldn't be about American soldiers...it would be against military forces period to include your own. Doesn't have anything to do with foreign policy then now does it?
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SirusFoxx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2004
This picture is amazing, both stunningly drawn and truely touching :) very nicely done *little tear*
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HuntressGuya Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2004
....I'm anti-war (NOT anti-American), but even I have to admit- everything has it's exceptions... And this is definately one of them! This is what I call true heroism- risking your life to save another, not to destroy another. Bravo! *claps* Excellent work. :)
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xtasy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004
Can you believe what the Al Jazeer did with that photo of the soldier giving the man a drink of water? They cut out the canteent and made it so the soldier is holding the enemies head back, while another guy holds an AK-47 Assault Rifle. Quite sickening rather. But soldiers know what kind of people we really are.

HOOAH!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
So very true. You'd be surprised how much negativity I got in some of the comments on my own deviantArt page about this. But, they were far outnumbered by the good. Still, it's sad that people would blame the soldier for their own political feelings. I even had one person say "why would he be saving this child, soldiers are babykillers" - it was crazy. :P Anyway, thanks for the comment and sharing the feelings that this inspired :)
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orleck Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004   Photographer
wow, quite an impressive feeling I got from this... I hope not one person should ever have to face such events, yet these events exist.
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I wish these kind of events never had to happen, as well. These are some sad and scary times in many ways. But I wanted to capture the inherent good that's still in so many of us with this piece. Thanks for the comment! :)
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004
Not just soldiers, but any human worth anything would do something similar.

Still, it does show the indomitable spirit of our troopers. Quite nice.
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
I agree. Anyone could've been doing this kind of good deed. In fact, many of the best "good deeds" are done by those that will never get any acknowledgement for them. Ordinary heroes, one might say. Thanks so much for the comment :)
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virus-kontrolle Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004
I'm Canadian. But supporter for the American Soldier's spirit. This is awesome :thumbsup:
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much - I'm so glad you liked it :) The patriotism in this is a secondary aspect of it, really. The first intention was to show a simple act of courage. :)
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MarcosBnPinto Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually, it could depict any member from any military( just in case, though, our own Firefighters here in Brazil are ordered in a Military Force's hierarchy, and they do need to deal with situations that put their own lives at stake everyday )forces from wherever in the Wold.
Though, military or not, North American, or not the feeling is Universally commendable, and appliable to other non-military professions as well, regarding their own needs - therefore, it's due to be always reminded, indeed.

Thank you for sharing this( and, BTW, it's an awesome work, itself ).
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, it could. There's so many different organizations and individuals that would fit into this, I think. Everyday heroes. And thanks for the comment! :)
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virus-kontrolle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
well yeah... I'm Canadian (although I live in Hong Kong right now - will move to Vancouver in a few days) and sometimes I might not agree with the way the US government makes its decisions, I support the soldiers. Whether going into Iraq was a mistake or not, I will be saddened by the death of each US soldier.

I'm very surprised to realize that quite a number of my grade mates at my former school think of American soldiers that go to war 'cuz they're bloodthirsty killers that want some fun. I don't think so - :thumbsup: for the United States Armed Forces
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