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Military Dog Dies Trying To Save 2 Marines Killed In Insider Attack

Marine Cpl. David M. Sonka and Flex.
MARSOC Public Affairs
Marine Cpl. David M. Sonka and Flex.

Two Marines based at Camp Lejeune, Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of Warwick, N.Y., and Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colorado, were killed May 4 in an insider attack. Killed alongside them was Sonka's military working dog, Flex.

The Department of Defense reports the two Marines were assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion at Camp Lejeune.

According to a casualty report by the NATO International Security Assistance Force, Christian and Sonka died when an Afghan National Army soldier turned his weapon on them.


Maj. Jeff Landis of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command told The Denver Post that Flex died trying to save Sonka.