Statue Unveiled Honoring Navy Seal

Posted at: 07/13/2013 4:47 PM
Updated at: 07/15/2013 2:05 PM

Navy Seal
Navy Seal
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(AP) - A small northern Iowa town unveiled a statue honoring a Navy SEAL killed in August of 2011 in Afghanistan and his loyal dog.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the bronze statue of Jon Tumilson and his dog, Hawkeye, now stands in Rockford Fossil and Prairie Park.

Tumilson was one of 30 American soldiers killed Aug. 6, 2011, when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents.

His dog led family members into Tumilson's funeral service, and laid by his casket during the ceremony. Photos and video of the funeral went viral, a touching moment after one of the deadliest attacks during the decade-long war.

The statue was created by Jeff Adams, of Mt. Morris, Ill. It depicts Tumilson and Hawkeye running.