A dog’s love and devotion

Photo by Lisa Pembleton/Getty Images

It’s the funeral photo seen by millions – a grieving dog lying below his master’s casket, standing guard.  U.S. Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson was among 30 servicemen killed on August 6th an American CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan.  When family, friends, and loved ones gathered for his funeral on August 19, Tumilson’s cousin snapped the photo that has pulled at heart strings across the nation. It’s a heartbreaking image of devotion and love.

Legacy.com has an online Guest Book for Petty Officer Tumilson in which people are sharing condolences.  We post thousands of new obituaries and Guest Books daily, but there’s something a little different about Tumilson’s.  We are receiving condolence messages addressed to his dog, Hawkeye.  Here is a small sample of the sweet messages we’ve received:

~A little note to ‘Hawkeye’, I’m so sorry sweet dog that your brave master is gone.

~I didn’t know Jon but wanted to thank his family for raising such a dynamic and brave young soldier who gave his all for his country. Special belly rubs to Hawkeye from my four chihuahuas.

~My deepest sympathy to Jon’s family, and to Hawkeye, I am sorry you lost your best friend.

~Please tell Jon’s precious dog Hawkeye that his master Jon will always love him. God Bless Jon. Rest in peace. Hawkeye loves you and so do we.

To read more, and to share condolences, please visit the Guest Book.

About Katie

I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie.
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