Hundreds Give Tearful Farewell to Hero War Dog
Hundreds turned out to bid farewell to the hero dog whose Marine veteran partner created a container list for him after he was detected with bone cancer. Cena, a black labrador who served three tours in Afghanistan as a bomb-sniffer with the Militaries, lived his final years with Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, as his service pet dog.
DeYoung and Cena were first attached in 2009 after a character test, and later deployed to Afghanistan together. In 2014, the pair reunited when DeYoung adopted Cena as his service pet for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He said having Cena around made it much easier for him to be in public.
with bone cancer and offered him weeks to live. DeYoung set out to produce enduring memories with his cherished pooch, which included taking a flight in a Jeep with the top off. DeYoungs wish came to life on Wednesday, as he and Cena stacked into a decorated Jeep named Cancer Action Group for one last trip together.
Cena wore his decorated Marine vest as DeYoung brought him in front of hundreds to a museum ship in Muskegon, where he was euthanized. He was carried off in a flag-draped casket.
We walked in front of the group that we served with and everything that they dealt with, we dealt with initially, DeYoung previously informed Fox 17 of his service with Cena. Overseas it was me and him against the world.
A GoFundMe page was started to help DeYoung cover the cost of a headstone.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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