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AW3 search and rescue swimmer Cody Reynolds from the U.S. Navy Sea Hawk helicopter is greeted by young evacuees in a tsunami-devastated area in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, after bringing relief goods from the USS Ronald Reagan on Tuesday.

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cute pic. disaster relief should be this, no political messages, just helping each other and being friends.

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GO NAVY ! ! ! ! ! Nice picture !!!!!! Keep up the good work !!!!

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Great photo, the boys, especially the one on the left, look pleased as punch! I saw Reynolds on NHK last night shaking hands with some old ladies who also looked pleased as punch!

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Great picture, great work, great new friendships and positive, lifelong memories.

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Anyone know what the pilot told two kids?

Their faces look innocent and happy. That is Japan's spirit.

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These days there are few actions photographed that my country does overseas which make me proud. Thank you for showing this one.

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NHK showed a clip on the 7:00 pm news last night. I wish I'd recorded it as it's a keeper if you can get it. A wonderful story and the smiling-faces on the old people in the village were priceless

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It's good to see the smiling faces.

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Finally, first picture i have seen of us navy helping.

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Yes, saw this yesterday. At the end he says "We love Japan".

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Finally a break from the disater pictures. Great pic. Notonly are those kids smiling, it brout a smile to my face as well.

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darkbob - I have this news clip on Blu-ray HDD.

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This is a great pic, and I hope that the overseas media get more and more of this kind of thing on air in place of the dramatic nonsense that we've seen since the disaster. The people of Tohoku need this type of help as fast as possible and we are all behind them.

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The US military's relationship with the Japanese has gone through highs and lows but it has endured for many decades. I have always felt that there is a strong relationship between the two countries - with the exception of some rough times with respect to Okinawa. There could be no doubt that the US military would pitch in to help at this critical time for the Japanese people. No other foreign country will help as much as the US in dealing with the aftermath of this terrible disaster.

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I love this picture and am very proud of the US's capabilities to provide so much in the way of aid and comfort to people in devastated areas.

For a period of time, all too short perhaps, our military becomes a real "peace corps."

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The wonderful smiles on the children's faces give hope and comfort for better days to come! Ganbare Nippon

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I spent 6 years in the U.S.Navy, my wife spent 4 years. One of the first things you are told on visiting a foreign country is this, that you might be the first American that they meet and may judge the USA strictly upon meeting you, here is your chance to make a lasting impression on someone in a far-off country. DON"T SCREW UP. I think this sailor has done us proud. GO NAVY!!

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yabits -- agree completely. Might does not necessarily make right, IMO, as the protracted incursions in Iraq and Afghanistan prove. But it is extremely rewarding when the U.S. might can be used to truly help people in need. As Wolfpack says, no country can mobilize the kind of resources as quickly as the U.S. can in this kind or emergency. By the way, do you think anyone there actually thinks this is Ashton Kutcher? (Remember his movie about Coast Guard divers?) Sorry, bad attempt at humor.

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If you look closer, you can see that Cody has a patch that says "friend", while the boy on the left has a cap with a skull. Interesting shot to say the least.

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sarge: how can I get a copy from you, please?

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its odd & funny some people think theres NOT much Help from the US. Believe me theres MANY Pictures out their of the Military Helping, you just don't see enough of them. IF people did anyway it would be called "propaganda" anyway im Glad to see the kids smiling & Hope to see MORE Heroic pictures in Japan (FROM ALL countries) Helping.

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He's got a "tomodachi" badge on his right shoulder/chest.

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some people reading way to deep into this and making it we vs they. it is helping people who need it, nothing more nothing less.

this time Japan needs it and the US gives it. Next time someone else. It is nice to smile after so long.

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"Gaijin san,get me out of this mutha.. onegaishimasu."

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"ahhh Gaijin da!"

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Keepin' it real, USA!

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This is such a heart-warming photo -- thanks, JT!

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WW2 flashback. Its heart warming though. I just wish other freindly country's military were also allowed direct involvement like the US.

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Nice. Wish it was the predominate face of US military in the news. Sigh. Someday...

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Cody: "What are you kids doing out of school?"

Kids: "We are on the world's longest snow day! Do you have any extra schools that you could send from America?"

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Hundreds more heartwarming pictures involving the US military involvment in Operation Tomodachi found:

flickr.com / photos / compacflt / sets /72157626119790243/with/5527285561/

I can fully attest that MANY Futenma Marines are busting their hump assisting with this relief effort also. Let's hope this convinces the Okinawans of the greater good of having these Marines close despite the isolated incidents that have happenned inthe past. Though I would suspect that they will continue to whine about their presence and ignore this wonderful example of the benefits.

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A small preview of the day when we shall beat our swords into plowshares.

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World's best.

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