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MCLB kennel to be named for fallen Marine

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Marine Corps Logistics Base will rename its kennels in honor of a Marine killed in a rocket attack in Iraq in March 2007.

Corporal Dustin Lee of Quitman, Mississippi was killed in the attack that wounded his military dog, Lex. A ceremony to dedicate the kennel in Lee's name will be held March 19th. Base officials say it's a fitting honor for a man who gave his life for his country.

"As you know our civilian police department has transitioned over now to be all civilians now with no military police officers so it's very likely, Corporal Lee was one of the last marines to have served aboard this installation so in that line of thinking we are glad to be able to dedicate the kennels in his name," said Lt. Caleb Eames, MCLB.

Lex made headlines in December 2007 when the Marine Corps agreed to retire him early so the dog could be adopted by Lee's parents. It was the first time the military allowed that.


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