Lex to receive Purple Heart

Lex, the former bomb-sniffing dog of the late Marine Corporal Dustin Lee of Stonewall, will be given a Purple Heart next month at the Working Dog and Fallen K-9 Handler Tribute.

The 8-year-old Lex was working with Lee when the Marine was killed during a bombing in Iraq last year. The German Shepherd was also injured. He has since been retired and lives with Lee's family in Clarke County.

The tribute will be February 16th at the Air Armament Museum, Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Lee's family is scheduled to be on hand for the event.

In December, the Marine Corps announced Lex could go home to Lee's family. It is the first time the military has granted a dog early retirement to be adopted by someone other than a former handler.

The Working Dog Association said dogs have worked with the military beginning with World War II.

The association said three working dogs and four handlers, including Lee, have been killed in action.