A group of Marines from the 3rd Platoon were on patrol in southern Afghanistan last July when a man handed them a box with a barely-alive, ten-day-old puppy the soldiers named Bill. The Marines nursed the puppy back to health but had to relinquish him to a dog shelter in Kabul before they rotated out of the area.
Enter Lara Logan, CBS correspondent extraordinaire, who agreed to smuggle the puppy out of the country. “I said, I will smuggle him back for you,” Logan recounted. “They’re going to tell me I can’t take him? I’m going to put him in my shirt and I’m going to hold him close so he’s not scared. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing in the rules that I signed that I can’t smuggle a tiny baby little puppy out of Afghanistan to get him to safety.”
But the Marines needed to raise money for a flight back to Texas, and that meant time. Before they could do it, Bill contracted a case of canine parvovirus and died in the shelter.
Logan was emotional when she recounted her reaction to the bad news: “Afghanistan is such a tragic place in so many ways and you see so much suffering, and a life is a life,” Logan explained as she choked up. “In a very complicated place, this was a very simple thing.”
A Marine sergeant took the money he raised for Bill’s rescue and used to fly back another pound inmate, a mutt named Holly, back to his home in Louisiana. “It was a great thing to do,” Logan said. “I think it made everybody feel just a little bit better.”
It was a sweet gesture from a woman who has seen her share of wartime horrors. The CBS reporter made front page news in February 2011 when she was surrounded by a rioting mob in Tahrir Square in Egypt and sexually assaulted. The incident involved 200-300 men and lasted about 25 minutes. Logan had been reporting the celebrations for an hour without incident when her camera battery failed. She could be heard shouting “Stop” just as the camera died. The mob tore off her clothes, penetrated her with their hands, and dragged her through the square by her hair.
A group of Egyptian women came to her rescue by putting their arms around her and closing ranks.