Hundreds show up to say tearful goodbye to Marine dog with cancer

Hundreds show up to say tearful goodbye to Marine dog with cancer

Hundreds show up to say tearful goodbye to Marine dog with cancer

Years later, DeYoung adopted Cena, a bomb-sniffing dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the Marines.

Cena, a 10-year-old black lab, was given a tearful final goodbye in MI by owner owner Lance Cpl.

DeYoung helped organize the Muskegon ceremony to help celebrate the fearless dog's life before he was euthanized due to his terminal cancer diagnosis. It slowly took Lance Corporal Jeff DeYoung's wartime partner - his little brother Cena.

The pair were paired up in 2009 and 2010 while on a tour of Afghanistan, keeping each other warm during cold desert nights. Cena then became DeYoung's service dog to help him with his post-traumatic stress disorder. "Lord, it is with heavy hearts that we are sending another Marine to you today", he said.

With the top down on a donated Jeep and a police escort, Cena and DeYoung - both in dress blue uniforms - led a procession of more than 20 motorcycles and 30 Jeeps and trucks through Muskegon.

Cena was recently diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. "And now I'm 27 and I'm having to say goodbye to one of the biggest pieces of my life".

"My whole adult life I've had Cena".

Cena was given a three-volley salute during the playing of "Taps".

While they were separated on their return back to the U.S., DeYoung and Cena were reunited four years later when DeYoung was able to adopt the canine. "I trust him more than I trust most human beings". And when DeYoung lost seven fellow soldier friends in the line of duty over a span of weeks, Cena was there to provide comfort.

DeYoung said the hero's goodbye was exactly what his best friend deserved.

"My last night with Cena", he wrote.

"We need to have health care for these animals so they can have treatment and chemo, which is a thing for dogs, most people don't know that", he said.

To help create a headstone for Cena, a GoFundMe page has been launched.

Cena has "saved literally hundreds" of Marines in combat, wrote Baumann. "He's not just a dog, he's family and he's a Marine just the same".

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