In Charleston, South Carolina, a face full of happy tears on former infantry Marine Chase Smoak flowed in an amazing reunion with the bomb sniffing dog that served by his side more than eight years ago.
According to Smoak’s social media page, he had been separated from the black Labrador Retriever, LLuke, after his deployment time in the Middle East ended. As Smoak kneeled down to give his dog a farewell hug at the time, he promised LLuke he would find him again some day.
And what are the odds? Smoak never stopped looking for Luke and found out the dog had been living with someone in South Carolina also – just two hours away.
“After 8 long years, I got a text message that I thought would never come. We finally found my bomb dog, LLuke. He was adopted by a wonderful family and is here in South Carolina. They have gratefully extended an invite to reunite the two of us and are sending pictures in the meantime.It’s hard to explain what war does to a man. The loss and injury of your brothers chisels at your soul. It’s something many combat veterans spend their entire lives trying to fix, but despite all efforts, never fully heal. Today is a healing day for me.”
“First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for all the love sent our way. I don’t know a word capable of describing today’s reunion but I will say, it was life changing. LLuke’s new family is AMAZING. He’s happy, healthy, and loving life – that’s all I could ever ask for.I want to emphasize one point: this story is much larger than me seeing LLuke again. It’s a chance to honor these dogs of war, the civilian trainers who repurposed duck dogs to find bombs, and the men of 3rd BN 2nd Marines that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.”
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