This Memorial Day, we not only pay tribute to those men and woman who are currently serving and served in our armed forces to protect us, but also to those with four legs who are steadfastly by their side also giving their best to make sure we continue to enjoy our freedoms.
As the New York Post pointed out, military dogs don’t typically get their own parades or recognition, but they play a big part in keeping us safe.
“We handlers have the most sophisticated pieces of military machinery ever made,” Petty Officer 1st Class Kathleen Ellison, 48, told the newspaper.
Ellison is a military-dog handler who is stationed at the US Naval Station in Rota, Spain.
“These dogs, no matter what their specialty, are saving US troops,” she said.
Ron Aiello, president of the US War Dogs Association, told the Post, there are about 3,000 military dogs protecting US bases and embassies and patrolling in the Middle East.
Aiello, who was a handler during the Vietnam War, said that in the last eight years, about 60 have been killed or injured while on duty.
The most notable these days is likely Cairo, the dog who assisted the Navy SEALs during the Osama bin Laden raid. But, there have been other four legged friend who have played an important part in shaping history, including these eight featured on Care 2.