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Navy SEAL Team 6 Dog and Handler Killed in Afghanistan

Military Dog BartOn 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.

Both Bart and Douangdara have memorial pages on Facebook, where friends and strangers alike are thanking them for their service.

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.

PHOTO: Facebook

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    [...] Military Working Dogs (MWDs) are extremely loyal to their handlers and the cause.  The rapport between a handler and their dog is truly unforgettable.  As a former MWD handler, I would especially like to remember one very, very special furry warrior — Cairo.  Cairo is the MWD that helped capture Osama Bin Laden alongside members of America’s elite SEAL Team 6 commandos. Cairo was also probably the first MWD that was highly sought after by the President of the United States, too.  It is always tragic for us to hear about those who make the ultimate sacrifice, and some of us dog lovers especially hate to hear about our furry friends who protect us, too. [...]