KUSA – Two years after he was killed in Afghanistan, a fallen Marine from Parker is receiving an honor fitting his specialty.
The Marines' special operations command officially renamed its dog kennel after 23-year-old Cpl. David Sonka. It bears a permanent sign with his name at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Sonka was serving as a canine handler in Farah province when an Afghan soldier attacked and killed him, along with his working dog Flex.
He was using the dog to sniff out explosives and other odors in the war zones. Sonka had been in the Marines for more than a half-decade – and spent nearly all of that time with Flex.
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"He was a Marine through and through. He was a dog handler through and through. He loved what he did," Kevin Sonka, David's dad, told 9NEWS last year.
Flex was reportedly killed while trying to save Sonka and a second Marine who died.
Aurora Police named one of their K9s after Flex in honor of that act.
Cpl. Sonka is buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
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