Skip to comments.Loyal Navy SEAL Dog Adopted
Posted on 09/05/2011 10:13:02 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The loyal dog of a fallen Iowa NAVY SEAL that touched the hearts of millions of Americans has found a new home.
Hawkeye, the dog of Petty Officer Jon Tumilson of Rockford, laid longingly in front of his master's casket at his funeral last month. Pictures of the dog's final salute spread through the internet.
One of Tumilson's friends from Fort Bragg, North Carolina has now adopted Hawkeye. The same friend had watched the chocolate lab while Tumilson was deployed.
A Fort Bragg spokesperson says Hawkeyes adoption went according to Tumilson's final wishes. Tumilson was one of 30 Americans killed when Tailiban insurgents shot down their helicopter in Afghanistan in August.
Hawkeye may find himself in the limelight once again in November when the University of Iowa's football team the Hawkeyes honors fallen service men and women, including Iowa native Tumilson, at a home game in November. The university is working with the Tumilson family to determine what role the dog will play in the day's events.
Some have suggested that Hawkeye the dog could lead the Hawkeyes onto the field on game day.
New owner watched the dog when he was deployed.
For some reason I got the impresion the dog was with him in AFG
I did too but anyhoo methinks Hawkeye will be very well cared for and deservedly so. God bless our military!
I am glad he got a new home and I hope it is deserving of him (I’m sure it is).
If you have not yet seen an image of the dog at his Navy Seal master’s funeral, you have to click on the KCRG link and see the picture there. It is Hawkeye laying on the gym floor in front of fallen Petty Officer Jon Tumilson’s casket during the service in his home town of Rockford, IA. It is an amazing photograph - one you will never forget.
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