Loyal dog mourns fallen Navy SEAL


Hawkeye, a labrador retreiver, lays by the casket during the funeral for his owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumlinson

Jon Tumlinson was one of 38 troops killed on August 6th when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.  The photo, taken by a family member at the funeral, shows a grieving Hawkeye refusing to leave the side of his master.

Hawkeye lead Tumlinson’s family down the aisle at the beginning of the service, and then followed a friend up to the front as he prepared to deliver the eulogy.  When Hawkeye reached the casket, the dog lay down beside it and remained there for the entire service.

The Blaze has excellent coverage of this heart wrenching loyalty, with additional photos and video of the service, as well as a very good story about the contribution Jon Tumlinson made to his country.

Some people have said ‘they are just dogs’ and that ‘dogs do not feel the same way we do’.  To them, I say ‘nonsense’.  This photo so clearly shows Hawkeye’s grief, and that he is mourning the loss of his friend.


This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirred, stirred to tears. And by what? By the grief of one dog.

– Napoleon Bonaparte, on finding a dog beside the body of his dead master,  licking his face and howling, on a moonlit field after a battle.  Napoleon was haunted by this scene until his own death.


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