Lex, a seven-year-old German shepherd, stood by Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee until the end. The two had spent Lee’s last several months of his life side by side.
This Marine dog handler died in Fallujah, Iraq last March on a daily mission when a grenade exploded nearby. Lex was also wounded in the incident, but he crawled over to Lee’s side, nudged his face, and laid at his side while Lee’s wounds were being treated.
Lee’s family wanted to adopt Lex in memory of their fallen Marine and they said that Lee would have wanted Lex to stay with his family.
But Marine officials denied the request, saying that Lex was still an active military dog. Since military dogs are in short supply, and Lex was healthy and well trained, officials wanted him to continue working.
After six months of fighting for Lex, Lee’s family has finally gotten permission to adopt the military dog. They will be able to pick up Lex on December 21.
Lee’s father said, “Lex will always be a special part of our family. Lex was Dustyâ€™s best friend and partner.”
Source: Marine Corps Times