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MCLB to name kennel after slain dog handler

MCLB Albany will hold a ceremony March 19 to dedicate its kennel to Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee. The 20-year-old Marine from Quitman, Miss., died in a rocket attack in March 2007.

The attack that killed Lee wounded his military dog, Lex. Their story made headlines in December 2007 when the Marine Corps agreed to retire Lex early so the dog could be adopted by Lee's parents. It was the first time the military allowed that to happen.

A base spokesman said Lee's parents plan to attend the kennel dedication along with the dog.

The decision by the U.S. Department of Defense to allow Lee's parents to adopt Lex garnered headlines nationwide, prompting media to flock to the base for a moving retirement and adoption ceremony in 2008.

Lex has since been featured at events around the country including parades and military group events.