A SOLDIER'S LAST WORDS Lance Cpl. William "Billy" H. Crouse IV and his bomb-sniffing dog "Cane", were hit by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan. While being lifted into the medevac, the wounded handler had the emotional wherewithal to insist the soldiers around him to save his dog. "'Get Cane in the Blackhawk!" Crouse cried out, before losing consciousness. Apparently, those were his last words. Neither Crouse nor Cane survived. God bless both of them.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cody Richael, a dog handler with 2nd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, gives his dog some water during a census patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released)