On August 6, 30 service members, including a military dog, were killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan.
Tragically, 22 of those killed were members of the Navy SEALs. Several were part of the famous SEAL Team 6 unit that took down Osama bin Laden earlier this year, with another military dog named Cairo.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “SEAL Team 6 is divided into numerous detachments that rotate into Afghanistan. The SEALs who killed Bin Laden were handpicked and considered the top members of the unit.”
Wavy.com reports that SEAL Team 6 member John “Jet Li” Douangdara and his military dog, Bart, were among those who were killed in the attack.
Douangdara worked as the lead dog handler for his unit, reaching the title of Master at Arms.
The Navy SEALs maintain a Facebook page of their own, “Fallen US Navy SEALs,” where people pay their respects and remember those who are lost.
Bart and Douangdara are both listed on the site as part of the unit that was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.