WALDORF, Md. — Semper K9 announced on Aug. 17 the acceptance of Honey, a 4-month-old German Shepherd, into their service dogs for veterans program. Honey is named in honor of Lance Corporal Terry E. Honeycutt Jr.

Honeycutt was born and raised in Waldorf, Md. As he grew up, he wanted to be in the military, so he could make a difference in people’s lives. Although he always had this passion, he did not fully commit until he saw how 9/11 affected his country when he was in sixth grade.

As a result, when he got to North Point High School, he joined JROTC and quickly rose to second in command of the cadets. As a committed member of the JROTC program, he would use most of his free time drilling and attending summer leadership programs. However, when he found free time, he would play Call of Duty and be a musician.

By the time he turned 17, he joined the Marine Corps’ Delayed Entry program. Then, he graduated from high school soon after. Soon after graduation, he headed straight into boot camp to continue the Marine Corps Delayed Entry program.

Sadly, Lance Corporal Honeycutt was fatally wounded just over a year later on Oct. 21, 2010, while conducting a combat operation in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, when an IED blast struck him.

He was transferred to a hospital in Germany on Oct. 24, where he died three days later. At the time, they assigned him to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Even though Lance Cpl. Honeycutt Jr. is gone, his legacy lives on with his family and this service dog. VFW Post in Watertown, Mass. sponsors Honey, the service dog.

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