Loyal Dog ‘Hawkeye’ Finds New Owner In Close Friend Of Downed Navy SEAL

It’s amazing just how much can be conveyed in a simple picture and, earlier this week, the country got an example of that in the photo of a dog lying sadly next to the casket of his owner, Petty Officer 1st Class Jon Tumilson, a Navy SEAL killed recently in Afghanistan. The picture, taken by Tumilson’s cousin Lisa Pembleton seemed to perfectly convey to Americans the unspeakable loss and heartbreak felt all too frequently by our military families. And, while that picture seems destined to live on for many, many years, the dog, Hawkeye, will live on as well under the care of one of Tumilson’s close friends.

From the Daily Mail:

“Nikki Virgilio, a friend of Mr Tumilson (known as J.T.) who was at the funeral, said Hawkeye was a personal pet rather than a military dog.

‘I can happily report to you that Hawkeye was willed to one of J.T.’s good friends, the same one that took care of him whenever J.T. was deployed overseas,’ she wrote on Facebook.

The Des Moines Register revealed this close friend to be Scott Nichols, who said at the funeral that the fallen SEAL was more scared of his parents dying than being killed himself.

‘J.T. was going to be a Navy SEAL come hell or high water,’ Mr Nichols said. ‘He wasn’t afraid of dying.’”

Watch an update on Hawkeye from Fox News below:

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