Byung Kang has served in the US Marine Corps for 31 years. This soldier 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 units and non-profit groups in the hopes of reuniting with his old buddy.
Today quoted Kang as saying:
“From then, Blue began to acquire my platoon’s confidence and respect.”
Kang was so thankful to Blue for keeping him safe on every deployment that he made a pledge to his partner one night in Afghanistan.
Kang retold the story:
“I told him, ‘We can’t repay you for what you’ve done for me and my soldiers in Afghanistan.’ So, instead of going to war and gathering bombs, I’m going to provide you a lovely home where you can snuggle up all day.’
Wendy has also served in the Marine Corps. When she ultimately retired, she utilized her connections to locate Blue and organize her adoption, and they welcomed her home in late 2018.
“I did everything I could to make sure we could bring Blue home, and after hearing all the tales, I know for a doubt that Blue is one of the reasons BK is still here and with me.”
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 lump in her mouth proved out to be benign, and she now lives a calm life and enjoys giving hugs.
Blue is a semi-finalist in the military dog category of the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, thanks to Kang’s experience.
Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane, urges everyone to read the wonderful stories of these unsung heroes on his official page.
He wrote to Today in an email, saying:
“Military dogs work alongside our troops, experiencing the same challenges and hazards in order to keep our country secure.”
Blue, like other military canines, are appreciated by the marine veteran, who emphasizes their bravery and duty.
“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.”