Airmen Pay Trubute to Fallen Canine Soldier

Lucky was right in the thick of things during his tours in Iraq, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan where he located suspected terrorists and found three magnetic detonators that contained explosives, helping to save countless lives. The soldiers and handlers he worked with during his 5 tours say Lucky was a fun, energetic and lively dog who was a fierce fighter and protector. He survived 2 bouts of cancer and being struck by an IED. On Thursday Fairchild Airforce Base honored Lucky the canine soldier their battlefield protector for his service and was remembered by his former handlers as a best friend and companion during war.

At his memorial the military set his paw print, collar, and ashes on top of his dog crate along with a picture. Several dozen soldiers gathered for Lucky’s Thursday morning memorial service in the base community center. Lucky had become a media star following his survival from two previous bouts of cancer, and received a Hometown Heroes award from the American Red Cross in 2010. He was in Kyrgyzstan completing his fifth Asian tour when his last handler, Staff Sgt. Chris Fall, discovered a new tumor on his rear left leg last Aug. 20, five days before their scheduled return to Fairchild Airforce Base. The tumor grew quickly and Lucky was moved to a veterinary center at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, where he died Sept. 30

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  1. Great story about a fabulous hometown hero! What a beautiful and couragious dog/soldier Lucky was. So good to see him remembered like that! This is definitely a tear jerker.

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