When funeral services were held in Rockford, Iowa, for U.S. Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson Friday, his dog Hawkeye remained at his casket for the duration.
The scene was captured by Tumilson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton.
“I felt compelled to take one photo to share with family members that couldn’t make it or couldn’t see what I could from the aisle,” Pembleton wrote on her Facebook page.
Nearly two dozen Navy SEALs were among the 30 Americans who died August 6 when a Taliban fighter with a rocket-propelled grenade fired on a helicopter in Afghanistan. It was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war.
Tumilson, 35, lived in San Diego for eight years before becoming a member of SEAL Team 6. He was an avid runner, who competed in marathons and triathlons, NBC in San Diego reported.
A memorial fund has been set up in his honor and donations can be sent to:
Frogman 238 Memorial Fund
First Security Bank and Trust
201 West Main Ave.
Rockford, IA 50468
(Photo by Lisa Pembleton)
Posted by jwoestendiek August 25th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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