Monday, July 6, 2015

Video: Kory and Cooper ALWAYS remembered and honoured

Freedom Isn't Free

 U.S. Army CPL Kory Duane Wiens & SGT Cooper K-154 94th Mine Dog Detachment, 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri KIA 6 July, 2007 - Muhammad Sath, Iraq.

  Kory was born September 6, 1986 in Albany, Oregon to Kevin and Judith (French) Wiens. He enlisted in the US Army where he was a combat engineer and specialized dog handler. SGT Cooper, a yellow lab, was born July 25, 2004.

 He had been training and working with CPL Wiens for about a year. He became an SSD (Specialized Search Dog) trained for the military to find firearms, ammunition, and explosives. Corporal Wiens was so fond of Specialized Search Dog Cooper, to whom he referred as his son, that he planned to stay in the Army long enough to adopt the yellow Labrador retriever once his bomb-sniffing career was over.

 Kory and Cooper were killed in action, 6 July, 2007 while on patrol in Muhammad Sath, Iraq.

They were the first team killed together since the Vietnam War. Even though their time was cut short, they remain together in death and in memory: their ashes were buried together in Wiens' hometown of Dallas, Oregon.

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