Honor

Lindsay Lohan (24) gets her name and face all over the news because she went to jail.

Justin Allen (23), Brett Linley (29), Matthew Weikert (29), Justus Bartett (27), Dave Santos (21), Chase Stanley (21), Jesse Reed (26), Matthew Johnson (21), Zachary Fisher (24), Brandon King (23), Christopher Goeke (23), and Sheldon Tate (27) are all United States Marines.

They gave their lives for you this week.

Stolen gun returned after 2 decades

A rural East Texas man has been reunited with his long-lost gun more than two decades after it was stolen.

According to a Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office statement, burglars took Bruce Garner’s H&R nine-shot revolver from the Terrell man’s home soon after he moved there in June 1989.

Although the thieves were never caught, deputies located the stolen firearm at a pawn shop. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Pat Laney says Garner and his gun were reunited at an upbeat property hearing Thursday morning.

The 59-year-old leathersmith says “it’s a hoot” to have his favorite dispatch gun back again. “I was astounded.”

Garner says he never forgot about the gun he used back when he hunted and trapped to raise extra money.

Terrell is about 30 miles east of Dallas.

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Heroic Afghan Dog Reunited with U.S. Soldier

When Georgia National Guardsman Chris Duke was serving in Afghanistan, he made friends with the locals – stray dogs Sasha, Target and Rufus.

“A lot of us used the three of them as an escape when you’re homesick,” Duke said.

But, as CBS News national correspondent Jeff Glor reports, the dogs did much more than keep him company.

“I firmly believe I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for him,” Duke said.

On a February night, a suicide bomber tried to get into Duke’s barracks. But the dogs began barking and biting the intruder. The attacker blew himself up before he could kill 50 soldiers inside.

Sasha was severely injured and had to be put down. But Rufus and Target were both nursed back to health. Duke returned home a month later – the dogs had to stay behind.

As another soldier kept an eye on the dogs, Duke wrote a letter to a veterans assistance group called “Hope for the Warriors.” In the letter, Duke requested bringing the dogs home to him.

“This was going to mean a lot to him,” said Robin Kelleher, President of Hope for the Warriors. “So whatever we needed to do to get this wish done we were going to do that.”

Other organizations heard about the story, too. A Facebook page went up, and raised $21,000 in less than 3 months – enough for the dogs to leave Afghanistan.

This week, Rufus and Target finally arrived in the U.S. Today, in Atlanta, they were reunited for the first time with Duke and his wife.

Target will live in Arizona with another soldier, while Rufus will stay with the Dukes.

“To think that I’m going to have him for the rest of my life – it’s exciting,” Duke said.

Exciting because he knows he wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the dogs. Now they wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Duke.

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