Military post honors fallen solider and dog
Oct 31, 2011
The contributions made by Cooper the military working dog in Iraq will not be forgotten, just as the work of his handler, Corporal Kory Wiens, will not be, the Washington Post reports.
The soldier and dog were killed by an improvised bomb while on patrol in Iraq in 2007, and Fort Carson, outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is now planning on naming a local dog park after them, according to the news source.
The park was named at a ceremony on Friday at Fort Carson. Wiens, 20, was from Oregon. He and Cooper were assigned to a mine dog detachment based at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
The soldier and his dog were cremated and buried together at Salt Creek Cemetery in Wiens' hometown of Dallas, Oregon in 2007 after the incident. The burial was at request of his family, according to the Army Times.
"Kory referred to Cooper as his son, that's now much of a team they were," Master Sergeant Matt McHugh, the Wiens' family's casualty assistance officer, told the news outlet.