Lex to Receive Purple Heart

The most famous military dog in America will soon receive one of the nation's highest honors.

Lex, the former bomb-sniffing dog of the late Marine Cpl. Dustin Lee of Stonewall, will be given a commemorative Purple Heart next month.

Lex was working with Cpl. Lee when the Marine was killed during a bombing in Iraq last year. The German Shepherd was also injured. He has since been retired and lives with Lee's family in Clarke County.

The Working Dog and Fallen K-9 Handler Tribute ceremony will be Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Air Force Armament Museum, Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Officials say three other K-9 handler/trainers have been killed in combat since the beginning of the Iraqi War.

Military Dog Handlers Killed in Action
Sgt. Adam L. Cann, USMC, Jan 5, 2006
TSgt. Jason Norton, USAF, Jan 22, 2006
Cpl. Dustin J. Lee, USMC, March 21, 2007
Cpl. Kory D. Weins, US Army, July 6, 2007

Military Working Dogs Killed in Action
MWD Marco, USAF, Jan 20, 2007
MWD Cooper , US Army, July 6, 2007
MWD Arras, USAF, Sept 25, 2007


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  • by Jesse Location: Concord, NC on Feb 6, 2008 at 05:47 PM
    I can't wait to meet Lex on the 16th. I hope to be able to shake his paw and present him with the coin I helped make for him and the Military Working Dog Memorial. Jesse L. Medford http://ChallengeCoinAssociation.org
  • by Devildog_99 Location: TN on Jan 31, 2008 at 06:21 AM
    Mississippians has been great in showing their love and patriotism for Lex and Dustin.
  • by Kelly Hooker Location: Ft Walton Beach, Florida on Jan 30, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    Thank you for letting everyone know about Lex's Purple Heart and about the Fallen K9 Heroes Event. We hope it will bring honor to all working dogs and handlers from the military as well as civilian police. www.militaryworkingdogmemorial.com
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