Army Dog’s Ultimate Sacrifice

A clash in Afghanistan that cost the life of Ranger Sgt. Jasso also cost the life of a dog, Maiko. The Hill reports:

A recent clash in Afghanistan resulted in the death of a U.S. soldier and an Army Ranger dog.

Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, whose death was previously reported, died in a raid against al Qaeda militants that in the southern Nimruz province in late November. The other casualty was that of Maiko, an Army Ranger dog.

Stars and Stripes on Tuesday reported that Maiko had been assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 2nd Battalion.

“The actions of Maiko directly saved the life of his handler … and other Rangers,” according to a biography of the dog confirmed to Stars and Stripes by a spokesperson for the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning in Georgia.

Jasso and Maiko’s sacrifice is another name to add to the long list of Americans, including furry ones, who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.