Tuesday, March 23, 2010

MCLB Albany Kennel dedicated in Cpl Lee's honor

MCLB Names Kennel for Slain Dog Handler

Cpl Dustin Jerome Lee Kennel Dedication: 3-19-10 from Brian Rich on Vimeo.

Posted: Mar 10, 2010 8:19 AM
Updated: Mar 16, 2010 2:57 PM

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - An Albany military base is naming its kennel in honor of a Marine canine handler whose parents were allowed to adopt his bomb-sniffing dog after the young Marine was killed in Iraq.

The Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany will hold a ceremony March 19 to dedicate its kennel to Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee.

The 20-year-old Marine from Quitman, Miss., died in a rocket attack in March 2007.

The attack that killed Lee wounded his military dog, Lex. Their story made headlines in December 2007 when the Marine Corps agreed to retire Lex early so the dog could be adopted by Lee's parents.

It was the first time the military allowed that to happen.

A base spokesman said Lee's parents plan to attend the kennel dedication along with the dog.