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The Dogs of War

By Linda Tancs

The nation’s first memorial to SOF (Special Operations Forces) dogs is in place at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Over 2,000 dogs serve in the U.S. military today, a tradition that began during World War II.  Our canine soldiers participate in military operations around the globe, including combat zones where their skill in detecting bombs and attackers is indispensable.  A life-size bronze of a Belgian Malinois in combat gear stands sentinel at the museum’s parade grounds, opposite a statue of paratrooper Iron Mike.

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