Dog Who Served With The US Marines Got A Tearful Hero’s Farewell.
Cena, a 10-year-old black lab, did three tours of duty with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. He was a bomb-sniffing dog and became good friends with his owner, Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, 8 years ago.
DeYoung would carry Cena over rivers and shield him from Taliban fire. In return, Cena would show his love for DeYoung by keeping him warm during cold desert nights and comforting him when he lost 7 of his military friends over a three-week period.
But, cancer found Cena and his body was soon riddled with it. There was nothing that could be done. So, in a hero’s farewell, Cena’s owner dressed up his longtime canine buddy in a blue Marine vest and took him to be euthanized in Michigan.
Several attended the special ceremony for Cena, and servicemen and women saluted Cena as he was carried past them.
DeYoung’s canine friend was put to sleep and when his body was taken away, it was covered in an American flag.