Release the Hounds!
Cpl. Kory Wiens and Cooper — a service dog with the ability to sniff out TNT, detonation cords, smokeless powder, mortars and other weapons — worked for nearly a year before they were killed July 6, 2007. They were the first military working dog team killed in action together since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wiens and Cooper made up a specialized search detachment trained to find firearms, ammunition and explosives. Being on a specialized search team means more training, and Cooper, who was no more than 4 years old, did his job without a leash.
From Cpl. Wiens’ MySpace page. “My name is Kory Wiens…Im from Albany Oregon. I live in Missoure because Im in the Army…I love my dog that I have here, he is the best thing in Ft.Leonard Wood. My job is to play with him all day!…Now Im in Iraq!!!!! Having alot of fun, hard to belive huh? Well I have Cooper with me so everything is alright. Hopefulley I will be In Oregon in September…”
“Sometimes, a man and his dog truly do become one being. Kory and Cooper served together. They risked life and limb together. And because they did this, they saved many lives together. Many other soldiers have made it home because of them.” -Gov. Ted Kulongoski (info from armytimes.com, militarytimes.com)