29 October 2013

US Opens Monument to Combat Dogs

The US military has dedicated a national monument to military working dogs in Texas.

The United States' first national monument to a soldier's best friend, recognizing the sacrifices of dogs in combat, was dedicated by the U.S. military on Monday.

Inscribed with the words "Guardians of America's Freedom," the nine-foot tall bronze statue at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, features four dogs and a handler.

"These dogs were patriots just as much as anybody else who served," said military dog handler John Baker of Fallon, Nevada, whose 212th Military Police Company Detachment A was known as "Hell on Paws."

Lackland is home to the U.S. Armed Forces center that has trained dogs for all branches of the military since 1958.

The sculpture, built with private donations, features the four major breeds used since World War Two: Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and Belgian Malinois.

By: Brant


Jack Nastyface said...

So...any games featuring combat dogs?

I think HPS Squad Battles in the Pacific may have featured combat dogs, but what about board games?

Brian said...

There's the perennial Panzerblitz variant counter for mine dogs
(can't find an image right now).

Was good to see you at BottosCon last weekend.
Never enough time to talk.