Tuesday, December 4, 2007
A local soldier who died in Iraq last summer was honored with a permanent memorial Tuesday at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Cpl. Kory Wiens and his canine partner, Cooper, died on duty with the 94th Mine Search Detachment, Fifth Battalion, First Engineer Brigade on July 6 near Baghdad. They were buried with full military honors at Salt Creek Cemetery in Polk County.
On Dec. 4 at Fort Leonard Wood, the Army named its dog training kennel the Kory D. Wiens Kennel.
Master Sgt. Matt McHugh of Fort Leonard Wood said his research determined that Wiens and Cooper were the first canine team to die in combat since the Vietnam War.
Wiens was born in Independence and was named after his grandfather, who was also an Army dog handler during the Korean War. Kory's brother, Kevin Wiens, is serving in Iraq.