and finally

Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson was laid to rest on Friday, August 19 in Rockford, Iowa, where an estimated 1,500 mourners came to pay respects for the fallen Navy SEAL, including Tumilson’s ribbon-winning Labrador retriever, Hawkeye. [Photo courtesy of Lisa Pembleton]



  1. Posted August 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm |

    God bless Jon Thomas Tumilson, his family and his lab, Hawkeye.

    And God Bless Texas!!!! — Hook’um Horns!

    gonna have dust in my eyes a bit tonight….must be the drought down south of here.

  2. MCPO
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm |

    That Sailor gave his all. One can only hope his family can take some small comfort knowing he died doing what he loved.

    Dogs are imbued with, loyalty, love and dignity. The dog in this photo displays all three characteristics.

  3. Posted August 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm |

    damn it, got something in my eye.

    wow. that picture gives me chills. ‘thank you’ seems so insignificant. :(

  4. Posted August 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm |

    Master Chief,
    Some breeds and some individual canine just seem to be made to serve, this is one. Reminds me of a German Shepard my brother had…..yeup – ^^^what Mark said.^^^

  5. TomR, armed in Texas
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm |

    Helluva picture!

    Loyalty is something that dogs and GIs understand and value. They don’t throw their companions under the bus like a Kenyan muslim we know does.

  6. SondraK, naughty naughty bad wingnut
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm |

    I will never be the same after seeing this.

    Never. I cannot breathe………..

  7. LLoyd
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm |

    My little sweetheart of 14 years, Baby, Black Lab, went on to meet the LORD last August and when I saw this last night I just lost it. Doggies and humans. Pardon me a moment.

  8. Lucius Severus Pertinax
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:09 am |

    I dont recall who said it, but;
    “May I always strive to be the person my dog thinks I am”

    I guess PO Tumilson really was…

  9. Melissa In Texas
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 5:55 am |

    I saw that pic while I was at work yesterday. It was on a teeny tiny screen and it took me a second to realize that was his dog on the floor and it stopped me in my tracks.

  10. Posted August 24, 2011 at 6:41 am |

    Words fail, other than saying “thank you” for sharing this.

  11. MitchM
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 8:04 am |

    That picture hurts.

  12. OC
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 10:07 am |

    LLoyd, I’m convinced God loves gun dogs ’cause he don’t let us keep ‘em very long.


  13. LostLiberty
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 11:16 am |

    That just broke me up.

  14. Paul
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm |

    You know, I was a cat man till I got my first dog, Teddy.

    That dog was so loyal and tried to do his best every day. And then cancer got him.

    I hope Tumilson’s family takes care of Hawkeye.

    Dog really does say God in reverse.