In October 2019, a heroic Military Dog named Conan made headlines for helping American soldiers track down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria. Conan played such a pivotal role in the raid, which resulted in Baghdadi's death, that he was congratulated by President Donald Trump and earned a visit to the White House. Although he was injured while carrying out the mission, the four-legged soldier has since recovered and is already back at work.
Conan's bravery reminds us of the vital contribution canines have made to the U.S. Military. Through three centuries of armed conflicts, dogs have stood side-by-side with the courageous men and women who fought for our country. Whether patrolling the perimeter of an airbase in Vietnam or detecting IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan, these furry warriors proved to be invaluable assets on the field of battle.
As we commemorate the sacrifice millions of Americans have made in the name of freedom this Veterans Day, we also want to honor our heroic military canines. At these 11 war dog memorials, you can pay tribute to the furry warriors who gave their lives for their human brothers in arms. Note that the monuments located on active military bases only permit service animals, but each is worth a visit, with or without Fido.