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    Loyal Through Until the End. #dog #man #loyalty #hero #soldier

  • Gina Moore

    Truly man's best friend! The dog of slain Marine Jon Tumilson refused to leave his side during the Navy SEAL’s funeral in Rockford, Iowa. The heartbreaking photo taken by his cousin, Lisa Pembleton, shows Tumilson’s dog Hawkeye lying by the casket. (via The Daily Treat: Animal Planet)

  • Patsy Abigail

    This is why I love animals so much. This story is about one of the Navy Seals that died in Afghanistan...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 unt...

  • Brittany Tennett

    This makes my heart hurt..... ROCKFORD, Iowa — A fallen Navy SEAL’s Labrador retriever proved his loyalty this week when he walked up to his master’s casket and lay down, refusing to leave his side. Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, a San Diego resident, was among 30 American troops and 22 fellow SEALs killed when a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan on August 6. During his funeral in his hometown of Rockford, Iowa this week, Tumilson’s dog, ‘Hawkeye,’ walked up to the casket, heaved a sigh and dropped down as about 1,500 mourners looked on.

  • Danielle Fowler

    Oh my lord. This is so heartbreaking. Here's the story: They say that a dog is a man's best friend, and for Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, and his beloved and loyal dog Hawkeye, not even death could break this powerful bond. At Tumilson's funeral in Rockford on Aug. 19, his beloved canine lay at the foot of the casket throughout the ceremony. Tumilson's cousin Lisa Pembleton took the heart-wrenching photo of the devoted dog, known to Tumilson's family and friends as his "son." "I took this picture and that was my view throughout the entire funeral. I couldn't NOT take a picture," Pembleton said. "It took several attempts since every time I wasn't crying and could focus on taking it, there was a SEAL at the microphone and I didn't want to take a picture with them for security and respect reasons. Our family is devastated to say the least." Petty Officer Tumilson, from Rockford, Iowa, was one of 22 Navy SEALS who died when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by Afghan insurgents, claiming the lives of 30 Americans. Dog Teaches Disabled How to Surf Watch Video Military Dog Hurt in Afghanistan Watch Video World's Shortest Woman Has Big Dreams Watch Video More than 50 SEALs were in attendance at the funeral. Though the funeral was taped, most of it was only audio so as not to disclose the identity of the SEALs. "From a young age, J.T. wanted nothing more than to be a SEAL," said an attendee, possibly a SEAL, in a speech at the funeral. "I didn't realize the depth of his desire until I stepped into his bedroom at his parent's house for the first time. His room was a shrine … pictures, paintings, books and videos all related to being a Navy SEAL." Tumilson joined the Navy in 1995 and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Defense Meritorious Service Medal, in addition to numerous medals he won throughout his service. He is survived by a large family, including his parents, two sisters and many extended relatives. "Even though you were the baby of the family, I want you to know how much I looked up to you," said one of his sisters, speaking through tears at the funeral. "You always showed so much strength, courage, determination and selfless love." In a statement, Tumilson's family said that he "died living his dream as a Navy SEAL." "Jon was a Navy SEAL and he was proud to die this way—for his country and for the people he loved so much," his family wrote. "We respect the nature of their jobs and the need to protect these men and women so they can continue to serve our nation; therefore, we will not provide details of Jon's military service." Hawkeye is being cared for by a friend of Tumilson's.

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Slain Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's dog "Hawkeye" lies next to his casket during funeral services in Rockford, Iowa. Tumilson was one of 30 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan on August 6 when their helicopter was shot down during a mission to help fellow troops who had come under fire.

The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world — the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous — is his dog. Senator George Graham Vest (photo of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson and his dog Hawkeye)

This is the one thing I do not look foward to. I can take care of myself while he's away, but having to see him and the kids go through it is not going to be fun.

every picture like this inspires me. Soldiers have strength like no other. I can't even imagine how they feel, and how they feel at this very moment seeing their loved one for the first time in a long time. God Bless our troops♥

Lioness love pause ... Sharing a little moment of tenderness in a world which is a jungle to survive.

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Hawkeye the Labrador retriever is proof that dogs, too, suffer from heartbreak. During Navy SEAL John Tumilson’s funeral on Aug. 19, Hawkeye ambled up to his owner’s coffin and dropped to the ground with a heaving sigh. Tumilson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton, snapped this photo of the devoted dog and posted it on her Facebook page, and the heartbreaking photo was soon shared around the world.

Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy ~ Navy Seal ~ Medal of Honor. I took this picture of Murphy's memorial a while back. When i was editing the image i found that the high contrast black and white felt more fitting. It really is a beautiful memorial.

Hopefully one day in the future! Want a puppy so badly again =/

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