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« on: August 25, 2011, 10:11:31 AM »

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They say that a dog is a man's best friend, and for Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, and his beloved and loyal dog Hawkeye, not even death could break this powerful bond.

At Tumilson's funeral in Rockford on Aug. 19, his beloved canine lay at the foot of the casket throughout the ceremony. Tumilson's cousin Lisa Pembleton took the heart-wrenching photo of the devoted dog, known to Tumilson's family and friends as his "son."

"I took this picture and that was my view throughout the entire funeral. I couldn't NOT take a picture," Pembleton said. "It took several attempts since every time I wasn't crying and could focus on taking it, there was a SEAL at the microphone and I didn't want to take a picture with them for security and respect reasons. Our family is devastated to say the least."

Petty Officer Tumilson, from Rockford, Iowa, was one of 22 Navy SEALS who died when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by Afghan insurgents, claiming the lives of 30 Americans.

 Courtesy Lisa PembletonDuring the funeral for US Navy SEAL, Petty... View Full Size Courtesy Lisa PembletonDuring the funeral for US Navy SEAL, Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan earlier this month, his dog Hawkeye is shown lying next to his casket on the floor.
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 More than 50 SEALs were in attendance at the funeral. Though the funeral was taped, most of it was only audio so as not to disclose the identity of the SEALs.

"From a young age, J.T. wanted nothing more than to be a SEAL," said an attendee, possibly a SEAL, in a speech at the funeral. "I didn't realize the depth of his desire until I stepped into his bedroom at his parent's house for the first time. His room was a shrine … pictures, paintings, books and videos all related to being a Navy SEAL."

Tumilson joined the Navy in 1995 and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Defense Meritorious Service Medal, in addition to numerous medals he won throughout his service. He is survived by a large family, including his parents, two sisters and many extended relatives.

"Even though you were the baby of the family, I want you to know how much I looked up to you," said one of his sisters, speaking through tears at the funeral. "You always showed so much strength, courage, determination and selfless love."

In a statement, Tumilson's family said that he "died living his dream as a Navy SEAL."
"Jon was a Navy SEAL and he was proud to die this way—for his country and for the people he loved so much," his family wrote. "We respect the nature of their jobs and the need to protect these men and women so they can continue to serve our nation; therefore, we will not provide details of Jon's military service."

Hawkeye is being cared for by a friend of Tumilson's.

Tumilson's family has started a memorial fund and contributions can be made to Frogman 238 Memorial Fund, First Security Bank and Trust, 201 West Main Ave., Rockford, IA 50468.


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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2011, 10:26:59 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2011, 12:31:19 PM »

dogs aren't like people they never let you down.. Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2011, 01:04:29 PM »

I don't want to read/see it Sad
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2011, 01:07:24 PM »

They don't forget who they love

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVpSfPTgQ3A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVpSfPTgQ3A</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7L6xvUIUXw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7L6xvUIUXw</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqDsUcycJN4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqDsUcycJN4</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxCWIOoTrBQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxCWIOoTrBQ</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3symtHjQLNw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3symtHjQLNw</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T-sLDb7YBw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T-sLDb7YBw</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ahu4Wl64kA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ahu4Wl64kA</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL74vvbeR1M" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL74vvbeR1M</a>
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2011, 01:23:58 PM »

I don't want to read/see it Sad



It's sad and wonderfull at the same time.
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2011, 01:57:32 PM »



It's sad and wonderfull at the same time.

I agree .. I cry at this stuff .. but I love to see the bond people make with their pets ... too many people just think they are a "thing" to have .. and never realise what they mean to the animal they have

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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2011, 02:08:16 PM »

 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2011, 09:34:36 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2011, 07:54:26 AM »

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OK I did.....  You can do it Princess.


Thanks for those vids w8m8..some of those made me cry!

This one especially..not sure why..


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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2011, 10:08:53 AM »

You're welcome STella

I love these sorta videos .. the one with the dog the girl soldier who saved Rachet when he was a pup from burning in a trash pit in Iraq on Mother's Day was very cool

The Emmitt one's are awesome ... before the soldier left saying good bye .. then when he got back home 9 months later  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2012, 08:51:45 AM »

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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2012, 12:02:06 PM »

i hate all of you right now   Angry

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« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2012, 08:42:30 AM »

Its hard not to get teary eyed when watching these vids... Cry
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2012, 01:43:23 AM »

Dog's are far more loyal and truthful than humans.  Smiley

OT: Where did w8m8 go ?
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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2012, 03:50:41 PM »



OT: Where did w8m8 go ?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say a few to many relentless a-holes went too far, although I could be wrong.
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« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2012, 06:32:42 AM »

She had reasons of her own... yes, the state of things on the main forum was part of her leaving, but not because people went too far with her. If anything w8m8 gave as good as she took, if not much better. I miss her damnit  Angry
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« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2012, 07:05:15 AM »

. I miss her damnit  Angry

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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2012, 11:08:52 PM »

Oh well If shes still reading I would just like to say I respect her for going easy on me for my poor judgement decisions over the last 6 months - I miss her wit and humor to  Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2012, 05:21:24 PM »

Miss you too W8M8...

on a side not a buddy of mine played in a golf tournament for fallen Soldiers. A lot of special ops soldiers there that were flown in from all over the country to attend. The dog from the main video was there as well with his family and someon had a big portrait of their son and put it down kinda by the entrance so everyone could see it. The dog went and laid down next to the portrait and apparently resisted being lead away.

gotta love those loyal friends
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