Video: Marine has incredible last ride with dog who served with him overseas

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WFLA/WOOD) – A Marine who was reunited with his K9 in 2014 after the pair served overseas several times completed a bucket list for the dying dog.

Corporal Jeff DeYoung made sure Cena had a last ride.

“My whole adult life I’ve had Cena. When I was 19 overseas learning how to be responsible, I had Cena, and now that I’m 27 and I’m having to say goodbye to one of the biggest pieces of my life,” said DeYoung.

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The top was down on the Jeep they rode in and country music blared.

The pair led a procession through the town so Cena could feel the wind on his face one last time.

DeYoung and Cena returned to the USS LST 393, where a huge crowd had formed.

The veterinarian was waiting on the ship when it was time to say goodbye.

DeYoung carried his best friend on board, surrounded by a final salute and the same flag that brought them together nearly a decade ago.

“He’s not just a dog,” said DeYoung. “He is family and he is a Marine just the same.”

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