When I read this young Marine's story, it just tore my heart out.
"When a sniper's bullet struck Pfc. Colton Rusk, the first to reach his body was his best friend Eli - a bomb-sniffing, black Labrador so loyal he snapped at other Marines who rushed to his fallen handler. "Eli bit one of them," said Rusk's father, Darrell, recalling the story told to him by other Marines." Orange County Register
Born: September 23, 1990 - Corpus Christi, Texas
Class of 2009 - Orange Grove High School
Enlisted: November 2, 2009
Deployed: September 23, 2009
Killed in Action: December 6, 2009 - Helmand Province, Afghanistan
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