Family, Friends, Dog Say Final Farewell to Navy SEAL Tumilson

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More than 1,000 people attended the funeral of an Iowa born Navy SEAL who was among those killed in a helicopter attack in Afghanistan.

U.S. Navy Lt. Robert Bradshaw told Petty Officer Jon Tumilson’s parents that they raised an “outstanding man – a hero.” Military honors were provided by the U.S. Navy, and an American flag was draped on Tumilson’s casket.

Those in attendance witnessed a touching and bittersweet moment when Tumilson’s dog, Hawkeye, approached the casket and laid down beside it, taking the opportunity to guard his master one last time.

12 thoughts on “Family, Friends, Dog Say Final Farewell to Navy SEAL Tumilson”

  1. This video is testament to the relationship possible between humans and the animals who commit to them. The war dogs & K-9’s who, together with their partners, daily face death enjoy a bond that is truly spiritual.

    It appears that Tumilson is aware of the loss of his partner and is convulsing from his pain. Watching this Navy SEAL’s suffering broke my heart but I’m sure my sorrow is noting compared to Tumilson’s. Your devotion to each other was a blessing and gift to the universe.
    Thank you.

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  2. This is very sad. I am so glad that the soldier’s best friend was there to see him off. God speed and may the soldier, his family and his best friend be reunited one day.

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  3. I can not imagine how Hawkeye felt at this moment. He must know this was the last time he’d be with his soul mate. Such loyalty no human being could match. Rest in Peace dear soldier. Thank you for serving our country well. God bless you. I hope Hawkeye will be taken care of very well the rest of his life. That would be Navy Seal Tomlison’s fervent wish for his best friend.
    Thank you for sharing this precious video.

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  4. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE TUMILSON FAMILY, THEIR SON. A TRUE HERO,AND HIS OUTSTANDING COMPANION HAWKEYE.. GOD BLESS YOU! I AM A MOTHER OF A U S MARINE!

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