It was the deadliest incident for coalition forces since the beginning of the Afghan war. On August 6, 30 people perished when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.
Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 38, a native of Rockford, Iowa, was one of those 30. Tumilson 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.
Tomlinson’s Loyal Dog Hawkeye Refused To Leave His Side
And at his funeral this week, 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. Like a fellow soldier on the battlefield, his loyal dog Hawkeye refused to leave him behind.
Hawkeyeís fierce loyalty to his owner is a quiet reminder that Tumilson was loved by all those he touched in his life.
Tumilsonís Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, was photographed lying by Tumilsonís casket in a heart-wrenching image taken at the funeral service in Tumilsonís 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.
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Hawkeye was such a huge part of Tumilsonís life that Tumilsonís 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 Tumilsonís 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.
As for Hawkeye, the loyal Labrador will now be owned by Nichols, Tumilsonís friend.
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