‘Lex’, a German shepherd whose trainer, 20-year-old Marine Cpl. Dustin J. Lee, died in a mortar attack in Falluja in 2007. 'Lex’, who had played with and slept alongside Cpl. Lee throughout their service, was also injured in the attack; the dog at first refused to leave Dustin’s side and had to be pulled away. Lee’s family lobbied extensively for the Marines to retire 'Lex’ before the customary age of 10, and 'Lex’ lived with the Lees at their home in rural Mississippi until his death from cancer on March 25, 2012. Honor The Fallen. Military Working Dogs. Semper Fi. 🇺🇸
US Army Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler. 22 OCT 2015.
Died in Kirkuk Province, Iraq, from wounds received by enemy small-arms fire during an operation in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Wheeler was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command
out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Earlier today, 1st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr. was finally laid to rest in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, 72 years after dying in World War II while fighting on Tarawa.
Bonnyman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for leading repeated assaults on an enemy emplacement. After many attempts, Bonnyman and his men were able to flush the enemy out by placing demolition charges at each entrance and seizing the top of the objective. Bonnyman defended his position with ferocious determination even as additional enemy forces attacked and was mortally wounded, but not before killing three enemy soldiers.
US Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Q. McClintock. 5 JAN 2016.
Died in Marjah District, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire. The incident is under investigation.
McClintock was assigned to the1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Buckley, Washington.
Service members from several units at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, pay their respects during a fallen comrade ceremony held in honor of six Airmen who lost their lives in an improvised explosive attack near Bagram Dec. 21, 2015.
(Photo by USAF Tech Sergeant Nicholas Rau, 23 DEC 2015.)