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Family adopts slain son's military dog
yahoonews ^ | Fri Dec 21 2007

Posted on 12/22/2007 10:55:00 AM PST by Names Ash Housewares

"It's not going to bring back my brother, but it's something close to it," said Madison Lee as she played with Lex after the ceremony.

Military officials initially told the family that Lex had another two years of service before he could be adopted. But the family lobbied for months — even enlisting the aid of a North Carolina congressman — and the adoption came exactly nine months after the 20-year-old Marine was killed and his dog wounded on March 21 in Iraq's Anbar Province.

2nd Lt. Caleb Eames, spokesman for the Albany base, said Lee and Lex were sitting outside at a forward operating base in Karmah when they were hit by shrapnel from a 73mm rocket explosion.

"A part of Dustin is in Lex," said the fallen Marine's father. "To have Lex at home is a part of having Dustin at home."

Rachel Lee said she believes her son's spirit will live on through the dog because of their close bond and because they were together during the final moments of her son's life.

"It was blood on blood," she said. "We can't get Dustin back, but we have Lex."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: doggieping; dogs; dogsofwar; fallen; iraq; k9; marines; mississippi; workingdogs
Cpl. Lee would have approved I am sure. I am sure this will help ease their pain.
1 posted on 12/22/2007 10:55:01 AM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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2 posted on 12/22/2007 10:57:43 AM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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I saw this on TV last night and it made me cry. That is one handsome, fantastic dog.


3 posted on 12/22/2007 11:07:26 AM PST by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

D#mn that’s a Great lookin’ dog.... my screen went blurry.


5 posted on 12/22/2007 11:58:26 AM PST by A. Morgan
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Cpl. Lee would have approved I am sure. I am sure this will help ease their pain.

From the photo, it looks like this poor family has a lot of pain to be eased. God bless them, and help them through the Christmas season.

6 posted on 12/22/2007 12:33:21 PM PST by Ace's Dad ("but every now and then, the Dragon comes to call")
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To: Names Ash Housewares; SandRat; HairOfTheDog; All

Sandrat HD get in here


7 posted on 12/22/2007 2:20:24 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: SevenofNine; Dog Gone

Seven, you for got doggone. How could you? LOL


8 posted on 12/22/2007 2:22:41 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

good for the family...

and thank you Lex for your service to your master and to the country!!!!!

sometimes heroes come with four paws!!!!


9 posted on 12/22/2007 2:28:05 PM PST by nyyankeefan
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I didn’t know I thought it was Hair of the dog LOL!


10 posted on 12/22/2007 2:53:33 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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There’s two to howl at on dog stories with a WOOF! WOOF! Hair of the Dog and Dog Gone.

LOL


11 posted on 12/22/2007 2:59:41 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Lex will have a companion as Corporal Lee had already adopted his first dog, Doenja, when he had to be retired due to failing eyesight.


12 posted on 12/22/2007 7:12:30 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Just FYI with heart-felt Christmas greetings to you and all on the thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1938796/posts


13 posted on 12/22/2007 9:40:27 PM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Names Ash Housewares; AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Joe 6-pack; sinkspur; ...
Another story about this family and this dog.

If I don't see ping you all again in the next day or so, Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

14 posted on 12/23/2007 4:40:16 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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Fabulous dog! what a creature! May God Comfort these good folks and heal their pain in this first Christmas without their beloved son.


15 posted on 12/23/2007 4:51:21 PM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I saw this on TV, very touching.

Have a wonderful Christmas.


16 posted on 12/23/2007 5:02:57 PM PST by Gator113 (My short list..Fred, Hunter, Romney.)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Merry Christmas to you too! Thanks for the dog pings.

My two rescue dogs thank you as well. ;-D

17 posted on 12/23/2007 5:57:26 PM PST by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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Lex’s master Dustin Lee was a Mississippi boy. Lex arrived home to the the Lee family yesterday.


18 posted on 12/23/2007 6:12:45 PM PST by NerdDad (Aug 7, 1981, I married my soulmate, CDBEAR. 26 years and I'm still teenager-crazy in love with her.)
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To: StarCMC

PGR pingworthy article. Lex was escorted home by contingents of PGR from Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi (and probably other states).


19 posted on 12/23/2007 6:15:07 PM PST by NerdDad (Aug 7, 1981, I married my soulmate, CDBEAR. 26 years and I'm still teenager-crazy in love with her.)
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To: NerdDad; Dr. Ed Bravo; OSTATE; MS.BEHAVIN; TherealMr.B; KSParalegal; BraveMan; pandoraou812; ...
PGR pingworthy article. Lex was escorted home by contingents of PGR from Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi (and probably other states).

You got it, NerdDad!

 

To be on or off my PGR list, please FReepmail me!

20 posted on 12/23/2007 6:18:27 PM PST by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com; http://starcmc.wordpress.com/ - The Enemedia is inside the gates.)
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Had the chance to meet a PGR in traffic last week, he was from Pa and trying to get back to the Pentagon and was glad to help.


21 posted on 12/23/2007 6:25:49 PM PST by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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Thanks Star, got to read a bit of it at the PGR site this afternoon and glad to see the “adjustment” made for this deserving family
22 posted on 12/23/2007 6:36:46 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: HairOfTheDog

This is such a wonderful heartwarming story. Perfect for Christmas. God bless them all! And yes, Merry Christmas to everyone!! (and yer lil doggies too!)


23 posted on 12/23/2007 6:51:51 PM PST by DancesWithCats
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This is so Great!

Glad to see this can be done now. It broke my heart seeing our Dog Handler Specialists not being allowed to bring their pups home from Viet Nam...

24 posted on 12/23/2007 8:04:35 PM PST by JDoutrider
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Dustin and Lex atop a Humvee:

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

More on Dustin here, scroll down a bit.

25 posted on 12/23/2007 8:24:56 PM PST by La Enchiladita (This, This is Christ the King, The Babe the Son of Mary)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Thanks for the ping -- Merry Christmas to you, too!

26 posted on 12/24/2007 8:58:02 AM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: HairOfTheDog

I did have a Merry Christmas, and hope you and yours did the same.


27 posted on 12/26/2007 5:55:13 AM PST by Badeye (The two “no” votes were cast by Ron Paul and leftwing nut Dennis Kucinich.)
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