Dog mourns at casket of fallen Navy SEAL –

25 08 2011

I wanted to post this because it is so very real. When I read this I am so appreciative for what we all have.

via Dog mourns at casket of fallen Navy SEAL – TODAY Pets & Animals – TODAY.com.

By Scott Stump

TODAY.com contributor

                           updated 8/25/2011 9:54:58 AM ET

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, reported CBS.

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.

Image: Jon T. Tumilson

AP

Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson was killed along with other SEALs on Aug. 6 in Afghanistan.

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 were 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.’’

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2 responses

25 08 2011
billthemortgageguy

WOW!! That is truly a picture of a thousand words! Thanks for posting that!

26 08 2011
kate becvar

okay, seriously almost made me cry.

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