|Hawkeye, the loyal Labrador, refused to leave his master, even in death.|
Daily Mail, August 26, 2011: A happy ending for Hawkeye: Dog in heart-breaking photo by fallen master's coffin to spend rest of life with Navy SEAL's friend, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's Labrador retriever Hawkeye was loyal to the end, as he refused to leave his master's side during an emotional funeral
|Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, 35, killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash and Hawkeye.|
|Labrador retriever Hawkeye at the emotional service.|
The Navy SEAL’s dog who tragically refused to leave his fallen master’s side during an emotional funeral is going to a good home. Labrador retriever Hawkeye sat by the coffin of his master Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, 35, who was killed in the major U.S. helicopter crash in Afghanistan this month. Tumilson, of San Diego, California, was one of 38 killed on August 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade took out a U.S. Chinook helicopter. Mr Tumilson was remembered by around 1,500 mourners but it was Hawkeye who really captured the public’s emotions in a photo taken by the fallen SEAL’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton. Concerned members of the public who have seen the heart-wrenching photo will be pleased to hear that there is a happy ending for Hawkeye. He will be staying with Scott Nichols, who had previously looked after him while Mr Tumilson was away on duty overseas. Family members had followed Hawkeye into the funeral. His funeral was held last Friday in his hometown of Rockford, Iowa.
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