With respect, honor, and gratitude on this Veterans Day:
Thank you to all who have served our country and for the sacrifices you have made to protect our freedom.
For those of you just joining our adventures, our German Shorthaired Pointer, Lager, is a retired Explosives Detection Canine. Lager served 18 months in Iraq at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
For Veterans Day 2018, we took Lager to visit the grave of Sinbad the Coast Guard Dog.
🐕Sinbad (c. 1937 – 30 December 1951) was a mixed-breed Dog who served 11 years aboard the USCGC Campbell (WPG-32), including combat in World War II. He was one of only two animals to be classified as non-commissioned officers by an arm of the United States military, rather than property, prior to the enactment of regulations to prohibit such decisions.
🐕Sinbad ended his time at sea earning 6 medals, and a rank of K9C Chief Dog (equivalent to Chief Petty Officer). After his death, he was buried at the base of the flagpole at the old Barnegat Light Station in Barnegat Light, New Jersey.
The old Barnegat Light Station in Barnegat Light, New Jersey
Location: Gettysburg, PA Sculptor: E. A. Kretschman Dedicated: 12/13/1901
“Sallie,” a brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was the regimental mascot for the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Given to 1st Lt William R. Terry as a four-week old puppy, Sallie grew up among the men of the regiment. Sallie followed the men on marches and to the battlefield. At the Battle of Gettysburg, the dog got separated from the unit. Unable to find her way, Sallie returned to the Union battle line at Oak Ridge, where she stood guard over the dead and wounded. The dog continued her faithful service through February, 1865, when she was struck by a bullet to her head in the battle of Hatcher’s Run, Virginia. She was buried on the field of battle. For her devotion to the men, Sallie is memorialized at the 11th Pennsylvania monument erected at Gettysburg.”
*All information obtained from the Vietnam Dog Handler Association ( http://www.vdha.us/content15795.html )
March 13 is K9 Veterans’ Day. Today, on National K9 Veterans’ Day , we remember and honor all military and working dogs, both past and present. We would like to thank all the courageous K9 soldiers for their service, and the sacrifices they have made for our nation. We are honored to have a K9 veteran as a family member, and thank SOC for blessing us with Lager (war zone name, Nayt) as a family member. Lager served 18 months in Iraq as an Explosives Detection Canine. In honor of Lager’s service, and all K9 veteran heroes, we took him to visit and pay our respects to the War Dog Memorial, located in Holmdel, NJ, guarding the gateway of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial . If you know a K9 veteran, be sure to shake their paw and thank them today!