Byung Kang has served in the US Marine Corps for 31 years. This guy deployed in Afghanistan, where he met Blue, a black Labrador trained to identify improvised explosive devices. Between 2011 and 2012, the two took part in over 300 combat operations. Kang never forgot her and chose to adopt the dog that had saved his life when he came home.
The former marine credits Blue with making him feel at home, and he has spent the last six years contacting various military divisions and non-profit groups in the hopes of reuniting with his old buddy.
Blue was a natural at his profession; on his first assignment, he discovered an explosive device and saved the platoon’s lives.
Navy veteran adopts the dog that saved his life.
Today, Kang said:
“From then, Blue began to win my platoon’s confidence and respect.”
Kang was so thankful to Blue for keeping him safe on every deployment that he made a vow to his partner one night in Afghanistan.
Kang told that story:
“I told him, ‘We can’t repay you for what you’ve done for me and my troops in Afghanistan.’ So, instead of going to war and collecting bombs, I’m going to offer you a wonderful home where you can snuggle up all day.’
When Kang returned from Afghanistan, Blue was transferred and they lost contact, but the veteran never forgot his vow and informed Wendy that she was his fiancee at the time. One of her goals was to adopt Blue as soon as she was out of the military.
Kang is now a K-9 officer with the Duluth Police Department. Blue also serves in the Police department at his side.
Blue is now 11 years old and resides in Georgia with his parents, Kang and Wendy, as well as their two children, five dogs, and two cats. Blue was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, but the tumor in her mouth proved out to be benign, and she now lives a tranquil life and enjoys giving hugs.
As a result of this experience, Kang entered Blue in the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, where he is a semi-finalist in the military dog category.
Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane, urges everyone to read the inspiring stories of these unsung heroes on his official page.
He wrote to Today in an email, and said:
“Military dogs work alongside our troops, enduring the same challenges and risks in order to keep our country secure.”
Blue, like other military canines, are appreciated by the marine veteran, who emphasizes their bravery and duty.
He said, ”
“Because these working dogs will lay down their lives for us, we must be grateful to them, respect them, and most importantly, trust them because dogs do not lie.”
You may vote for Blue by going to this link.