Ft. Wayne, Indiana–Cpl. Ricky Baker had been looking forward to his return from Afghanistan for months. After a year-long deployment in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Baker wanted nothing more than to enjoy the pleasures of home. Baker was met by a group of over twenty smiling friends and family members when his plane touched down at Smith Field Airport. However, notably absent among those waiting was T-Bone, Baker’s mixed breed dog.
The expected reunion between man and dog occurred at Baker’s parents’ house, where the dog had been living during the marine’s deployment. T-Bone is reported to have looked at Baker and then thumped his tail against the floor twice before going back to sleep.