Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson had a very close friend in his life - his dog, Hawkeye. Tumilson, a former San Diego resident, was killed August 6 in the Chinook helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of 29 other American servicemembers.
Tumilson's funeral was on Friday in Rockford, Iowa at Rockford Senior High. Hawkeye was one of the 1,500 souls who attended. As you can see by the gut-wrenching photo on the right, Hawkeye refused to leave his master's side during the service.
The picture was taken by Lisa Pembleton, Tumilson's cousin. Pembleton contacted Home Post with this message:
Pembleton also informed Home Post that a memorial fund has been set up in Tumilson's memory:
First Security Bank and Trust
201 West Main Ave.
Rockford, IA 50468
Frogman 238 Memorial Fund
To learn more about Tumilson, his family, and Hawkeye, take a look at this video package put together by Iowa television station KIMT-TV:
Click here to read an UPDATE on Hawkeye's new home.