You may have recently heard about Conan, the military canine who was an integral part of the recent US military raid on ISIS. Conan sustained injuries in the action, and word is he will soon be honored at the White House.
He’s just one example of the many military working dogs and canine soldiers who have given their all to missions all over the world. They serve as pack animals, scouts, police dogs, and detection dogs, border patrol—they even see combat. No doubt, these 4-legged troops are some of the bravest on the battlefield, and there is now a memorial to their service at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Lackland has been the military’s training center for working dogs since World War II.
Some of these dogs have achieved legendary status, such as Sallie, the Civil War mascot who guarded injured soldiers on the battlefield; Chips, the World War II canine hero awarded the Purple Heart; and Cairo, who was involved in the takedown of Osama Bin Laden. Click here to read their stories and others about our canine military heroes!