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Rex had a “very strong personality. Unbeknownst to the two of them, insurgents had been watching from a nearby rooftop. and Purple Heart recipient Megan Leavey and combat dog Sgt. Megan made many friends during her time in the Marines, and for her the Corps will always be a part of her family, just as her fellow Marines will be her brothers forevermore. Rex died in 2012. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images). In the distance she could see a few houses and farms. She joined a Marine K-9 Unit, and was sent to Iraq. He got to roam the yard & bark at deer, play with as many toys as he wanted all day everyday, sleep in a cozy bed next to me every night, chase and eventually make friends with my 2 cats, enjoy & play in his first snowfall…and so much other great stuff that he would have never had the chance to do if he was never retired. The insurgents targeted K-9 teams for the obvious reason that they uncovered their explosives. Everything is flowing so smoothly,” Leavey told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck in April. She was discharged a week later and returned to Ramadi. Training at camp is far different from the reality of war in the field. But they found themselves in the middle of an ambush. She groped for Rex, found him and was relieved that he was alive and not too badly injured. Video by Jordan Fenster/lohud, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Former Marine Cpl. My dog, Fin, was born on December 22, 2012 and when he looks at me, I believe he was sent to me because I needed him and he needed me. I have made life-long friends there. Megan J. Leavey went to work for MSA Security, a private company that hired her as the handler of a bomb dog named Patriot. But, her first and last love, along with Rex, will always be the United States Marine Corps. Both areas have bag waste stations and a leashing pen. “It took an army of people to make this happen,” a radiant Corporal Leavey marvels, taken totally by surprise by her warm welcome at the airport replete with a fife and drum band furnished by a retired captain and television cameras and lights. Megan Leavey in Iraq in 2006, where they spent two six-month tours together and completed more than 100 missions. Only after months of working closely together did the Marine and her canine partner come to love and trust each other. The brave dog was wounded along with its handler Cpl. Those dogs did a great job, the town made a very good decision.". Megan received her honorable discharge from the Marine Corps on December 7th, 2007. I’m so sorry this happened to Megan leavey she is the best thing I’m sitting in my bed reading about her I want to be just like her and it’s so sad how Rex died I’m so sorry. “Carrying 50 lbs of body army, a heavy pack, your loaded M16 rifle, ammo, 9 mm pistol and helmet only add to the difficulty of handling a big, strong dog.” Megan had her trainees practice in full gear under simulated field conditions. Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. “I couldn’t ask for any more, I just wanted to thank everyone.”. “I love the Marine Corps. Insurgents watching from a rooftop detonated an explosive, nearly killing Leavey, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, and injuring Rex’s shoulder. Leavey, who works as a vet technician at a New Jersey animal hospital, now has a 10-year-old chocolate Lab named Patriot, a retired New York City bomb-detecting dog… Rex, Gov. “I just couldn’t sit on the sidelines as a spectator watching the fight for freedom unfold on television.” And, “if I’m going to join the service, I’m going to aim for the highest and the best: the Marine Corps.”. Megan was medevac’d to a hospital in Baghdad. "I'm honored to have the dog park named after Rex and me, especially in the area that I grew up in," Leavey said recently. Leavey posted the following on her Facebook page: “I am so grateful for the last 8 months I got to spend with my partner & my best friend. With Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford. By viewing our video content, you are accepting the terms of our. Leavey, who works as a vet technician at a New Jersey animal hospital, now has a 10-year-old chocolate Lab named Patriot, a retired New York City bomb-detecting dog. Megan Leavey in Iraq in 2006, where they spent two six-month tours together and completed more than 100 missions. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. The insurgents were attacking with mortars, Rocket Propelled Grenades, and AK-47s. She enjoyed high school, making lifelong friends; however, she initially did not want to go to college. Rex was not fond of veterinarians. Sen. Charles Schumer intervened, and ultimately Rex was allowed to live with Leavey. Residents are welcome to attend the dedication ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept 21. At 11 years old, he died of old age with Leavey by his side in December 2012. She spent much of that time recuperating and undergoing physical therapy, and just as many hours helping to teach new Marine dog handlers the ropes. The Valley Cottage woman and Sgt. He’s just so happy to be home now at my house. She did not want to worry her parents and at first kept her enlistment a secret, which was short-lived once her mother found the Marine Corps pamphlets in her room. Megan today lives in Rockland County, New York, with Patriot, who is happily retired. Corporal Megan Leavey is shown after landing at JFK with her German shepherd Rex, after being reunited thanks to the efforts of Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees, his wife Mindy Levine, and New York Senator Charles Schumer. Her head, neck, and knees still ached. Working full time, she began to sort things out. I found my niche there. Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below. The enemy used a detonator to set off the bomb, hurling Corporal Leavey and Rex backwards through the air. Megan Leavey (born October 28, 1983) is a US Marine corporal veteran who served as a Military Police K9 handler.. Leavey enlisted in the Marines in 2003 and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, where she was paired with military working dog Rex (E168). She tried to adopt him, but the military still needed him. In September 2006 Cpl. Luckily, neither of them perished, thanks to Megan’s flak jacket. recognized by the National Purple Heart Honor Mission with the Genesis Legacy Medal. “It’s only appropriate and right that the two of them enjoy their retirement from the service together,” Schumer said, hailing the Air Force and the Marines for “doing the right thing and allowing Rex to be with Corporal Leavey.”, Former Marine Cpl. Rex then got to live out the remainder of his life at Leavey’s home in Rockland County. Rex passed away at age 12, after living with Megan for only 8 months. I believe in guardian angels too. Megan Leavey was born on October 28th, 1983. Unable to find motivation at a college far away from home, she convinced her parents to let her return home. He’s taken care of me. Playing all day with dogs is not a bad job to have…and the camaraderie of my Marine buddies will be with me for the rest of my life. She was bleeding from her ears, and had a severe concussion. As she approached the intersection there was a violent explosion. It often took a while for the team to arrive, so Corporal Leavey would mark off the spot with a glow stick, called “chem lights.” This also ensured that the vehicles following the K-9 Unit would know where a bomb was hidden. ©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The park cost $27,000, which was part of a larger parks improvement bond. "I hope people will be able to enjoy it.". Rex got to swim in a pool and play with my other dogs. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Sergeant Rex has passed away. “I’ve taken care of him. It was at Camp Pendleton in October 2004 where she first met Rex. So thank you to everyone who supported me & made it possible for me to spend those precious 8 months with my best friend. You and Rex were meant to find each other. Once a Marine, Always a Marine… Semper Fi.”. Whenever they discovered a bomb, Corporal Leavey would call in to an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team, or EOD, giving them the coordinates of the explosive. Megan today lives in Rockland County, New York, with Patriot, who is happily retired. Both grandfathers were on active duty, one in the Air Force, another in the Navy. Leavey told CBS 2’s Emily Smith back in March, took time out to honor Leavey and Sgt. CLOSEUP: Real-life Megan Leavey talks about the Marines and Sgt. The Fox News Clip is one of her cherished souvenirs. Finally, five years after her injury under enemy fire and Rex’s retirement from the K-9 anti-bomb squad, the decorated Marine was allowed by the Corps brass to adopt her beloved canine buddy and bring him home with her from his kennel at Camp Pendleton, California to her apartment in Valley Cottage, New York. Other soldiers rushed to clear out the enemy firing from nearby rooftops. On her return to California she still had one year left to serve. He had badly injured his shoulder. Her job was to walk with Rex ahead of the convoys or patrols to uncover buried Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s). In 2012, Rex developed facial palsy, which prevented him from doing his bomb-sniffing tasks. He is one hellava dog. “I love the Marine Corps. She attended a local Catholic school until the 7th grade, and then went to nearby Nyack High School. Her Uncle Jimmy was an Army Green Beret in Vietnam. Even the New York Yankees took time out to honor Leavey and Sgt. The terrorist attack on The World Trade Center September 11, 2001 motivated her to volunteer to enlist. She is now the proudest Marine Corps mom ever and her Teamster father is equally supportive. Rex was on a leash, attached to Megan’s jacket. Im 76 vietnam vet cried my eyes out at the end of the thats what its all about. The National Purple Heart Honor Mission is dedicated to paying tribute to our nation's combat wounded through special outreach and educational programming. Megan is thrilled with her new career as veterinary technician. Leavey worked with Rex on dozens of missions searching for explosives in Iraq from 2003 to 2006. They had to walk ahead of the Army convoy to evaluate the safety of the road. At first the Army soldiers couldn’t find her. In 2019, Cpl Leavey was recognized by the National Purple Heart Honor Mission with the Genesis Legacy Medal. He was 11 years old (April 2001-December 2012). Her soldiers fought back, returning fire from the shelter of their Humvee.

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