Marine K-9 Hero: Lex

Much like the story of Nemo, the most famous military sentry dog I posted about, tje story of Lex is another example of a canine hero during a time of war. The following are excerpts from an article written by Karen Grindler with Jeremy Hardin published in the AARP Magazine November/December 2009 issue:

A rocket, traveling at the speed of 900 feet per second fell in to a US Military base in the Al Anbar province of Iraq critically wounding Marine Corporal Dustin Jerome Lee along with his K 9 partner, Lex, a German Shepard trained to sniff out hidden explosions. With his fur burned and shrapnel lodged into his back and spine Lex climbed on top of his fallen master to protect him from further harm. Lex frantically tried to revive Corporal Lee by licking him.

After being rescued by his fellow Marines, Corporal Lee later died at a nearby military hospital. He was 20 years old. Two days later Dustin Lee’s mother, Rachel Lee was informed of her son’s death. After having some time to take in the terrible news and deal with the shock of losing her son, with a trembling voice, barely audible, Rachel Lee inquired about Lex. Realizing that both dog and son bleed together while Lex attempted to shield Corporal Lee from further harm, Ms. Lee felt there was a bond that the two shared in the moment before her son’s death. Thus Ms. Lee knew at that moment that she wanted Lex to attend her son’s funeral.

Despite his wounds, Lex was able to attend Corporal Lee’s funeral, along with the Corporal’s family, friends, relatives and several top Marine Corps officers, March 2007 in Quitman Mississippi. After the funeral Ms. Lee inquired about adopting Lex and with the persistent aide of her brothers, father and husband, months later they drove to the Marine Corp Base in Albany, GA for a ceremony held on December 21, 2007 at which time Lex was discharged from duty and presented to Rachel and her father, Jerome. State police from GA, MS and AL provided them with a rotating escort all the way home. They were further escorted by two motorcycle groups, Patriot Guard Riders and Christian Motorcyclists Association.

“It was amazing how Lex became part of our family on day one. Lex had that special bond with Dusty, and part of Dustin is in Lex. It’s like he knows where he is and who we are. He wants to help us cope with our grief.”

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