Mina, a black Labrador Retriever, was buried on Sunday by the Michigan War Dog Memorial organization with full military honors.
This amazing mine-detection Lab served two tours in Bosnia and and a whopping nine in Afghanistan. He passed away earlier this year at the age of 13 years.
Mina’s military family fought to get the Lab the proper burial he so rightly deserved. He was laid to rest with a flag line and taps. Instead of the traditional 21-gun salute, a chorus of trained dogs howled on command to honor his service.
Initially the family’s request for a military burial was denied. With the assistance of Oakland County’s director of public services, Mike Zehnder, permission for the military burial he merited was granted.
Mina saved countless lives. For three of the tours in Afghanistan he worked with handler Corey McCourt. When Mina was honorably discharged McCourt’s family adopted him.
In a posting on the Michigan War Dog Memorial, Sgt. Corey McCourt and June Etlinger wrote:
“After retiring, Mina led a good life with the McCourt’s. When asked why Mina gets human food, Corey’s simple answer was always ‘He earned it and I’m going to let him retire in style.’ He was protective over the children and you could often find him napping at their feet.”
You can read Sgt. Corey McCourt & June Etlinger tribute to Mina the Labrador at Michigan War Dog Memorial
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