There is no loyalty like that of military working dogs have with their handlers. These dogs have no fear and are so attached to their handlers, so dedicated to their mission and both have absolute confidence in each other.
Tyson, a Belgian Malinois, was one of the best of them. He was attached to a Navy SEAL Team and served his team with uncommon distinction, skill and utter faithfulness. Sadly, Tyson was killed in action recently and the loss to his handler and to the team is a heavy one indeed.
His handler was not able to talk about the loss, so we get a perspective on Tyson from one of the other SEAL Team members here in this video. Tyson was very good at what he did. His silent body language would alert the team to ambushes and other dangers wtih regularity.
They all came to count on his ready skills.
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As you will hear in this video, Tyson had been responsible for saving the lives of team members already. But on this occasion he was killed instantly by an incoming rocket round. His body absorbed most of the rounds explosive power and shrapnel, saving other team members again.
Such loyalty and skill as Tyson gave to his team members will be sorely missed by his whole team, but even more so by his handler.
The Veterans Site sends its condolences to Tyson’s Navy Seal team and especially to his handler. We understand the depth of your loss. We will ensure that Tyson’s memory will not be forgotten.
Rest easy, faithful friend. You have done your duties well.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.