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Retired Marine and his 'battle buddy' reunited at RDU

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Retired U.S. Marine Sgt. David Melsoni is now reunited with his battle buddy name Major.

Major is a 10-year-old black labrador and an improvised explosive device detection dog. 

    He and Sgt. Melsoni served together in Afghanistan in 2011 conducting route clearance missions, by leading the way in search of explosives.

    But once they came back to the U.S. the two were separated and haven't seen each other since. The pair were reunited on Friday at RDU Airport.

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"It was pretty hard. I was happy to be home but that kinda dulled it.  I didn't really remember but my wife remembers me waking up in the middle of the night looking for my dog just from habit of always having him with me," Melsoni said.

Major officially retired this past April from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

"We've done over 100 of them so far and every one of them is just as touching as the next," said Kristen  Maurer with Mission K-9 Rescue, which reunites military dogs and their handlers.

Thanks to Mission K-9 Rescue Melsoni will spend his retirement with his best battle buddy.


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