This is the last picture taken of Spc Justin Rollins. The puppy was part of a litter he and his buddies had found while out on patrol. The next day, Justin lost his life in an IED attack. He died on March 5, in Samarra, Iraq. He was with the 82nd Airborne Division. His girlfriend, Brittney Murray, went on a quest to find the puppy and bring it back to his family in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The puppy, named Hero, arrived in New Hampshire after a 6,000 mile trip. She is now a member of the Rollins family.
"He really did believe in what he was fighting for," Rhonda Rollins said of her paratrooper son. "I think he'd be thrilled there was a positive story from the negative thing that happened to us. ... He was such a happy-go-lucky guy."