Champion lab dies bomb sniffing in Afghanistan

The Marine Corps News reports a very sad story:

Cole was born for sport, but died in battle. The spawn of two champion black Labrador retrievers, he was bread for field trials, a competitive sport in which dogs make complicated retrievals at the direction of their owners.

But destiny had other plans for him. He was donated to the Marine Corps and spent the last of his days saving lives by sniffing out improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.

In Cole’s last moments, as Cpl. Brian Holm’s three-man unit searched for mines along a dangerous road near Delaram, in Helmand province, the black Lab looked over his shoulder at Holm, his handler. Holm later told his wife, Brittany, that he will never forget the look on Cole’s face. It seemed to say, “I won’t let them hurt you.”

In Cole’s last moments, as Cpl. Brian Holm’s three-man unit searched for mines along a dangerous road near Delaram, in Helmand province, the black Lab looked over his shoulder at Holm, his handler. Holm later told his wife, Brittany, that he will never forget the look on Cole’s face. It seemed to say, “I won’t let them hurt you.”

RIP, Cole

3 thoughts on “Champion lab dies bomb sniffing in Afghanistan

  1. Thank You for posting this story. We never hear anything heroic from the MSM about our brave men and women in harms way, let alone the dogs who protect and serve with them. RIP Sgt. Cole, you will be missed.

  2. Thanks for posting this story. Scottietyme said it right.
    It’s so so sad. I wish they could come up with a better way of locating things like that. That beautiful boy should never have died that way. RIP Cole.

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