Yeager, an improvised explosive device detection dog, waits for the beginning of a memorial service in honor of Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe, a dog handler and mortarman who served with Weapons Company, 2nd Bn., 9th Marines, on April 22, 2012. (U.S. Marine Corps/ Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez)
In 2012, Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe and his dog, Sgt. Yeager, were patrolling the Marjah district of Iraq.
A Marine had been injured by an IED, an improvised explosive device, so the pair were looking for other bombs in the area.
Suddenly, Tarwoe stepped on a buried IED, and it exploded, killing him.
Yeager suffered shrapnel wounds that took months to recover from and cost him part of his right ear.