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    Default Dog mourns at casket of fallen Navy SEAL

    Labrador retriever Hawkeye lies down with a sigh at funeral of his owner

    By Scott Stump
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    updated 8/25/2011 9:54:58 AM ET






    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, 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.

    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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    I was going to post this this afternoon! in fact was in the process and got busy with something at work.....that story made me cry........anyone need proof that dogs have souls are more that just animals that we have dominion over needs to see this story

    I can't help but look at the picture of that young man and mourn for the lives that have been lost at war.

    so much potential lost in a life cut too short

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    I saw this story and pic over at the Texas Longhorns rivals board. The guy was a Longhorn fan, you can just make out his t-shirt in the pic. Dog lost a great owner and friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    I was going to post this this afternoon! in fact was in the process and got busy with something at work.....that story made me cry........anyone need proof that dogs have souls are more that just animals that we have dominion over needs to see this story

    I can't help but look at the picture of that young man and mourn for the lives that have been lost at war.

    so much potential lost in a life cut too short
    I only had to see the photo and I welled up, such a sad story and proof that a Dog is a companion and not just a pet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    I only had to see the photo and I welled up, such a sad story and proof that a Dog is a companion and not just a pet.
    +1

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    This kid was from a town just 45 minutes north of me. There were over 2,000 people at his funeral. It literally tripled the town population that day.
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    Cuts me up each time I see this picture. Such unconditional love and loyalty.
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    ROCKFORD (AP) --- The dog of a slain U.S. Navy SEAL who touched hearts all over the world by laying next to his casket won't lead the Iowa Hawkeyes on the field Saturday but might in November.

    Iowa said Tuesday it will honor Jon Tumilson and other veterans at one of two home games in November. The team says it will work with Tumilson's family to determine what role his loyal dog "Hawkeye" might play.

    Tumilson, of Rockford, was one of 30 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6 in a helicopter crash. Photos of his pet Labrador retriever laying by his casket during a funeral service went viral. One former player suggested the dog lead the team on the field for Saturday's game against Tennessee Tech, and fans embraced the idea.





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