US Military Dedicates the First National Monument to Combat Dogs


The newly unveiled U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument is at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Photo via nbcnews.com

Almost exactly a year ago, we posted about the first national monument to military dogs, which was set to be unveiled last New Year’s Day. That sculpture has now been dedicated at its permanent home—Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in San Antonio, Texas—yesterday.

Built with private donations, the memorial recognizes the sacrifices of dogs in combat and features a handler, along with the four breeds that have been used most since World War II: Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and Belgian Malinois.

It’s about time, and bravo to Vietnam-era dog handler John Burnham, who led the charge to make this monument a reality.

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