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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