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This large circular memorial honors canines who served with the U.S. Army in combat from including the Lewis and Clark expedition through modern times. The memorial centers around a large black granite column on which are sculpted a canine and his soldier handler/companion. It is surrounded by individual markers that honor canines and their handlers who served in individual American wars; these individual markers have bronze plaques on the top and colorful unit insignias on the bottom. There are also histories of the canine corps and the service they have rendered. The bronze plaques also list the individual canines by name who were killed in action. Individual markers also list and honor Marine Corps and Navy K-9, Air Force Security Dog, and Military Police K-9 units. There is also a marker to honor the Veterinarian Service Units in Vietnam. Two large markers list the names of the dogs and handlers who were killed in the fighting in Vietnam. Finally there is a marker describing the actions of S/Sgt Robert Hartsock of the 44th Infantry Platoon Scout Dog unit who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam. There is a separate marker that includes a bronze sculpture of a paratrooper and the famous jumping dog “Geronimo” who jumped with the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment and helped raise over $16 million in war bond funds.

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