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    Dog Mourns At Casket of Fallen Navy SEAL

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    Dog mourns at casket of fallen Navy SEAL
    Labrador retriever Hawkeye lays down with a sigh at funeral of his owner






    Navy SEAL Killed In Afghanistan Mourned By Dog
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    Labrador retriever Hawkeye lays by the casket during the funeral of his owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, on August 19, 2011. Tumilson was one of 38 killed on August 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade took out a U.S. Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan.
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    Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson lay in a coffin, draped in an American flag, in front of a tearful audience mourning his death in Afghanistan. Soon an old friend appeared, and like a fellow soldier on a battlefield, his loyal dog refused to leave him behind.

    Tumilson’s Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, was photographed lying by Tumilson’s casket in a heart-wrenching image taken at the funeral service in Tumilson’s hometown of Rockford, Iowa, earlier this week. Hawkeye walked up to the casket at the beginning of the service and then dropped down with a heaving sigh as about 1,500 mourners witnessed a dog accompanying his master until the end.


    The photo was snapped by Tumilson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton, and posted on her Facebook page in memory of the San Diego resident. Tumilson, 35, was one of 30 American troops, including 22 Navy Seals, who was killed when a Taliban insurgent shot down a Chinook helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade on Aug. 6.

    “I felt compelled to take one photo to share with family members that couldn't make it or couldn't see what I could from the aisle,” Pembleton wrote on her Facebook page. “To say that he was an amazing man doesn't do him justice. The loss of Jon to his family, military family and friends is immeasurable.’’



    Hawkeye was such a huge part of Tumilson’s life that Tumilson’s family followed the dog down the aisle as they entered the service in front of a capacity crowd in the gymnasium at the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School. Hawkeye then followed Tumilson’s good friend, Scott Nichols, as Nichols approached the stage to give a speech. As Nichols prepared to memorialize his friend, Hawkeye dutifully laid down near the casket.
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    The youngest of three children, Tumilson had wanted to be a Navy SEAL since he was a teenager. Friends and his two older sisters remembered a fearless soldier, and a Power Point presentation was shown that illustrated Tumilson’s active life outside of the military, which included scuba diving, martial arts, and triathlons.



    "If J.T. had known he was going to be shot down when going to the aid of others, he would have went anyway," friend Boe Nankivel said at the service.

    “Your dreams were big and seemed impossible to nearly everyone on the outside," his sister, Kristie Pohlman, said at the service. "I always knew you'd somehow do what you wanted."

    As for Hawkeye, the loyal Labrador will now be owned by Nichols, Tumilson’s friend.
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    Re: Dog Mourns At Casket of Fallen Navy SEAL

    I saw the same photo (but taken from the side). Dogs are a lot smarter than people give them credit for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDDuc996 View Post
    I saw the same photo (but taken from the side). Dogs are a lot smarter than people give them credit for.
    Yes they are, the Team dog here goes crazy when the guys start gearing up and the helo's come in. He is completely neurotic until they come back, usually greeting them at the LZ. Coolest Iraqi dog you will ever meet.
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    Re: Dog Mourns At Casket of Fallen Navy SEAL

    The ones here just try to hump each other and bark at Afghans.


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    That's why I usually have a little more respect for the critters than a lot of people I meet unfortunately.
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    Broke my heart............ :'(

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    Re: Dog Mourns At Casket of Fallen Navy SEAL

    Quote Originally Posted by m118sb View Post


    That's why I usually have a little more respect for the critters than a lot of people I meet unfortunately.
    Very true. It's why some of our upper echelon units will send Afghans into an unknown before the dog. Cheaper that way.

    Did I just say that?

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