Thursday, August 25, 2011

-Dog Mourns at Casket of Fallen Navy SEAL-

Hawkeye lays by the casket during the funeral of his owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, on August 19.
Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson lay in a coffin, 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, reported CBS
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.’’
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.
Image: Jon T. Tumilson
Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson was killed
along with other SEALs on Aug. 6 in Afghanistan.
 
*Article from MSNBC*

10 comments:

  1. A very sad and heartbreaking pic. Take care
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  2. Wow, that is amazing! It never ceases to amaze me the depths of loyalty our pets have for us. My heart goes out to the family in their time of loss.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. That is so sad. Thanks for posting it.

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  4. How sad! Thank you for this post!

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  5. I literally cried when I watched this video :(

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  6. Thank you all for appreciating and understanding why I posted this article.
    It says everything about animals hearts & souls. This is why I love animals.
    Thank you; I love you all, too.

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  7. I read about this yesterday and I just sat and cried. Heartbreaking and so frustrating.

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  8. I saw this on the news and cried. :(

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  9. WOW, I haven't seen this. Very very sad but dogs do know. My dad died a few years ago and I am taking care of his dog Buffy. Buffy came to me about a year or so after my Dad died and when Buffy saw his picture hanging in my dining room, she just sat there and looked at him. It was the saddest thing I saw. I know she knew it was him and I had to remove her from the dining room. Very sad.
    xxoo
    Deborah

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