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Burial planned for US Army soldier dog

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A war hero comes home. It's a Fox 2 follow-up. We previously told you about Mina, the black lab, a US Army soldier dog who did at least 9 tours of duty in Afghanistan. His handler, still serving, has been battling for a final resting place for Mina.

Click on the video player to watch Ron Savage's report.

Mina, the 13 year old black lab is a military legend. Along with Sgt. Corey McCourt, the pair did three tours of duty in Afghanistan. Mina detected the bombs and Sgt. McCourt disabled the blast. Mina retired and died of a lung infection. Sgt. McCourt requested Mina be buried at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. But, the Pentagon advised that all national military cemeteries by federal law are for people only. Mina, promoted to Sgt. and given an honorary discharge from the US Army was still not permitted in the cemetery.

The story went viral online and people worldwide wanted to help find a home for Mina's remains. A Marine Corp Viet Nam veteran from Oakland County was moved. Michael Zehnder, who also directs the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office is paying for a head stone, cremation and a service - teaming up with the Michigan War Dog Memorial Cemetery in Lyon Township. Mina's paw prints were formed in a plaster impression and he was wrapped in the American Flag for cremation and then finally placed in a pine box draped with a flag.

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