Loyal Navy SEAL Dog Adopted

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2011, television frame grab from KIMT in Mason City, Iowa, slain Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's dog Hawkeye lays next his cast during funeral services in Rockford, Iowa. Tumilson, a 35-year-old from tiny Rockford in northern Iowa, was one of 30 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6 when their helicopter was shot down during a mission to help fellow troops who had come under fire. The University of Iowa athletic department announced Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, that it will honor Tumilson at one of two home games in November as part of a commemoration of Veteran's Day. (AP Photo/KIMT New 3, Shane Delaney) NO SALES


By Adam Carros

ROCKFORD, Iowa -- The loyal dog of a fallen Iowa NAVY SEAL that touched the hearts of millions of Americans has found a new home.

Hawkeye, the dog of Petty Officer Jon Tumilson of Rockford, laid longingly in front of his master's casket at his funeral last month. Pictures of the dog's final salute spread through the internet.

One of Tumilson's friends from Fort Bragg, North Carolina has now adopted Hawkeye. The same friend had watched the chocolate lab while Tumilson was deployed.

A Fort Bragg spokesperson says Hawkeyes adoption went according to Tumilson's final wishes. Tumilson was one of 30 Americans killed when Tailiban insurgents shot down their helicopter in Afghanistan in August.

Hawkeye may find himself in the limelight once again in November when the University of Iowa's football team the Hawkeyes honors fallen service men and women, including Iowa native Tumilson, at a home game in November. The university is working with the Tumilson family to determine what role the dog will play in the day's events.

Some have suggested that Hawkeye the dog could lead the Hawkeyes onto the field on game day.

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