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Veteran rescued on Veteran's Day after surviving 4 days lost in the woods

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YAMHILL COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A veteran was rescued after he went missing for 4 days with his dog in Yamhill County.

51-year-old Timothy Marsh is a Gulf War veteran with the United States Army. He had just moved to Oregon from Oklahoma, and was on his way to Newport on Nov. 7 when he got lost.

His pickup ran out of gas and after a couple of days in the woods, he feared the worst.

"I thought I was dead. I thought if I had to stay another night out there I would've been dead. It was freezing every night. I had a light jacket on and that was it. I was yelling for three nights that I can remember, yelling for help."

Marsh was stuck off a road in rural Willamina. He said he only had a small bag of dog food for both him and his 12-year-old Golden Retriever, Rusty.

He would feed Rusty a bowl of dog food and then took the leftover handfuls to survive.

Marsh said the dog drank mud water and he licked water off pine needles so he wouldn't get sick.

After 4 days, a hunter and fellow veteran, Monte Taylor of Dallas, heard Marsh's cries for help on Wednesday around 8:30 a.m.

Taylor called for help and the Yamhill County Search and Rescue team moved in, found Marsh and brought him back home.

"Thank you for everybody, thank you for all the prayers. I'm thankful to be alive. When they showed up I just fell to my knees and started crying."

Marsh was found about two hours from home. He said he's tired, but doing OK.

His dog, Rusty, is being taken care of at an animal hospital in McMinnville.

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