Fallen Nebraska sailor honored with statue in hometown

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb.  (AP) - A new statue honoring a Navy dog handler from South Sioux City, was unveiled in his hometown on Memorial Day.  The statue of John Douangdara (dwung-DEHR'-ah) and his dog, Bart, is part of a five-acre dog park that's named for Douangdara.  Petty Officer 1st Class Douangdara died along with 29 other Americans in August 2011 when a military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. He was a Navy Special Warfare member who handled a dog, Bart, for the Navy SEALS. The dog also died in the crash. The statue provides a physical monument to Douangdara's life in South Sioux City. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.