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Man’s best friend’ is adopted by fallen Marine’s family

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion and local community members gathered at the Military Working Dog Kennel here to witness a man adopt his late son’s K-9 partner.

Salvador Diaz, father of Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz, a dog handler with III Marine Expeditionary Force, adopted a military working dog here, June 7, 2014.

Salvador, from El Paso, Texas, said he wanted to adopt his son’s dog, Dino, after Chris died in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Chris didn’t have Dino with him when he was killed on a patrol, said Sgt. Jonathan Overland, a dog handler with 1st LEB who worked alongside Dino.

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