Viral Photos: Military Dog With Purple Heart Recovers With Handler in Hospital

December 13, 2015 Updated: December 13, 2015

Pictures showing an Army specialist and his dog recovering in the hospital after an explosion have gone viral.

Spc. Andrew Brown and his partner Rocky were injured when the explosive device they were investigating in Afghanistan detonated.

Their unit, the 89th Military Police Brigade, said that both man and canine are thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers as they recover.

The recovery has gone so well, in fact, that Brown was recently reunited with his family Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland while Rocky is expected to return to Fort Hood in Texas in the coming weeks.

“Please remember them, as well as all our Soldiers deployed around the world, during the holiday season. Proven in Battle!” the brigade added.


(89th Military Police Brigade)
(89th Military Police Brigade)


“I am a member AE crew of the 379 EAES (Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron) who transported Rocky and his handler from Afghanistan to Germany. We were very concerned about all three involved in the blast and we are very glad to see they are doing well,” commented Sherry Sexton on the Facebook post from the 89th Military Police Brigade. 

“We love our job. I had Rocky’s injured handler medicated to rest on the flight, and his alternate ha flee was exhausted, so our aeromedical Evac took turns lovin on Rocky. If he were a cat he would have purred. He got lots of attention. It just hurts our hearts when our working fur babies are injured. They can’t talk to us and tell us what to do for them so we do the medical stuff–but we shower them with hugs and pets.”

The pictures displayed the rarity of man and dog recovering in the same hospital room, showcasing their strong bond.

Also, in a close-up photo, it was revealed that Rocky has earned the Purple Heart medal.

The pictures have been shared and liked over 100,000 times.

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