K9 Veterans Day
Back on March 13, 1942 marked the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps, which started the training of dogs in the military for war purposes. The K9 Veterans organization believes that all these dogs deserved to be remembered and honored on this day, saying "Dogs have bled, suffered, and died while serving in all our wars, to include the war on terror, and they have done so in ways that do us all proud." K9 veterans serve us every day whether it’s through Police K9s, Customs K9s, Border Patrol K9s, Secret Service K9s, Airport Police K9s, Military K9s, F.B.I K9s, Firefighter K9s, Search and Rescue dog teams, Private bomb and security dog teams, Therapy dogs, Service dogs, and other K9s that are working for us daily to help protect the people of America. I’ve added some famous canines in history that have given their lives for us.
Rags was a Cairn Terrier mix who served as the mascot of the 1st Infantry Division during World War I. He “joined up” in 1917 in France and held his title until his death in 1931.
Chips was a German Shepherd/Collie/Husky mix that ended up being the most decorated K9 that served during World War II.
Lex is a German Shepherd that served in Iraq alongside Cpl. Dustin Lee. Lee was killed in a mortar attack outside Falluja with Lex by his side. The German Shepherd was so faithful to his handler that he had to be pulled away from him to allow medics to attend to Lee.
Sargent Stubby was the Pit Bull hero of World War I. He enlisted in the most unlikely of circumstances, wandering onto Yale University Field (which was being used at the time for military training) as a stray.
Smoky is the smallest of the Famous Military dogs on my list! She was a 4 lb, 7 inch tall, Yorkshire Terrier who served in World War II. In 1944 Smoky was found in a foxhole in the jungles of New Guinea by an American soldier who brought her back to camp and sold her to Corporal William A. Wynne for $6.44. For the next 2 years Smoky lived a soldiers life.
Nemo the German Shepherd was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Unlike most of the dogs that served during that time, Nemo was allowed to come home. Nemo was trained to be a sentry dog at Lackland Airforce Base in Texas and was shipped to Vietnam in 1966.
Their heroic actions should not be forsaken or forgotten this is why this day is so important to remember all the dogs out there that serve or have served to save us. We thank you!!
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