Footage from the memorial service of Jon Tumilson, a small-town Iowa boy who loved his country and his dog and who, by the way, was one of the most elite soldiers in the world’s greatest military. He died aboard the Chinook that was shot down by the Taliban over Wardak Province a few weeks ago. He’s survived by his parents, two sisters, and his chocolate lab Hawkeye, whose bond with his master was so close that the family chose a photo of the two of them to be placed above the casket. What you’re about to see will haunt you forever. Simply shattering.
The Des Moines Register has a worthy obituary, celebrating Tumilson’s iron will power and lamenting the fact that he was just three years away from retirement. Rest in peace.