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Veterans want memorial to war dogs
UPI ^ | 05/28/07

Posted on 05/28/2007 2:18:33 PM PDT by nypokerface

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Congress is considering legislation that would create a privately funded memorial to dogs that have served with the U.S. military.

Until a 2000 law allowed them to be adopted, many of the dogs that served with U.S. soldiers were euthanized by military veterinarians, The Denver Post reported.

Most of the more than 4,000 dogs that served in Vietnam died there. Some were killed by enemy troops, some died of tropical diseases, and some were put down by military veterinarians or given to the South Vietnamese army, the Post reported.

"The day we stood down in 1972, (Gen. William) Westmoreland was pinning medals on us as I watched the South Vietnamese take our dogs away," Rick Claggett of Denver, who worked with a German shepherd named Big Boy, told the Post. "Today, talking about this, I still choke up. The government shouldn't have let this happen."

Claggett is a member of the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association, which is lobbying Congress to approve the war-dog memorial.


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1 posted on 05/28/2007 2:18:34 PM PDT by nypokerface
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To: nypokerface

I would whole-heartedly support this too.


2 posted on 05/28/2007 2:23:36 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: nypokerface

I am all for a memorial for war dogs. All courage comes from love. What can we do to help?


3 posted on 05/28/2007 2:27:30 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: HairOfTheDog; Dog Gone
WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! WOOF!
4 posted on 05/28/2007 2:31:08 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: nypokerface
Yet another thing to bump into and trip over in the national mall or vicinity. If veterans and veteranarians want a monument to the real dogs of war, then buy an affordable plot of land, commission a statue to be placed there, open it to the public, and hope that passersby won't let their mutts urinate on it.

The government doesn't need to be involved. Nor do taxpayers, regardless of how grateful they are to veterans. We owe to those who sacrifice life and limb only what they have lost to the extent that we can repay them. Any able person who needs the state to cater to their every whim doesn't appreciate what liberty is.
5 posted on 05/28/2007 2:33:58 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: Paperdoll

You should aspire to be a dog yourself.


6 posted on 05/28/2007 2:34:45 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: nypokerface

A pat on the head and a doggie treat!


7 posted on 05/28/2007 2:40:27 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: nypokerface

Sad.


8 posted on 05/28/2007 2:44:18 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: dr_who_2
legislation that would create a privately funded memorial

Where is the problem?

9 posted on 05/28/2007 2:48:10 PM PDT by SolidWood (Save America: Thompson/Hunter 2008)
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To: nypokerface; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; Severa; the OlLine Rebel; naturalman1975; Abathar; ...
Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

10 posted on 05/28/2007 2:48:22 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: nypokerface

I visited a museum at an Air Force Base near Riverside, CA (sorry, I can’t recall the name of the base...)and there is a monument to War Dogs there.


11 posted on 05/28/2007 2:48:38 PM PDT by trimom
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To: nypokerface

Here in Bucks County, Pa. (northeast of Philadelphia) we have already a nice memorial.
http://www.bristoltownship.org/wardogMemorial.cfm


12 posted on 05/28/2007 2:52:51 PM PDT by weeder
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To: weeder

............or “already have”, for the non-dyslexics.


13 posted on 05/28/2007 2:54:07 PM PDT by weeder
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To: nypokerface

I would contribute to this effort without hesitation.


14 posted on 05/28/2007 3:09:31 PM PDT by Rightfootforward
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To: SolidWood

Ain’t no need for legislation, period. Congress still owes us a flat tax, real immigration reform, and it has a long list of laws to repeal. They don’t have time for this crap.


15 posted on 05/28/2007 3:12:58 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: dr_who_2
I have to agree with you.
There are more serious issues which need the politico's attention.

Now, are you a dog person, or a cat person?

16 posted on 05/28/2007 3:18:42 PM PDT by dogbrain (memo to self: Don't drink from toilet; it's where liberals wash their hands....)
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To: nypokerface

I would be willing to donate for this. Maybe it would give the folks on Capital Hill something to vote on that they can agree on.


17 posted on 05/28/2007 3:20:34 PM PDT by berdie
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To: nypokerface

Great idea for a memorial to war dogs.


18 posted on 05/28/2007 4:00:58 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: nypokerface

WE NEED PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 05/28/2007 5:21:25 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: dogbrain

Dogs RULE, Cats DROOL...Nuf said!!


20 posted on 05/28/2007 5:22:30 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: dr_who_2

And what did you do during the War, dr_who_2? Did those services exceed the contributions of war dogs?


21 posted on 05/28/2007 7:21:17 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: trimom
Was it at the base,( March Field ) no longer active but a reserve site now or at Riverside National Cemetery.
22 posted on 05/28/2007 7:26:24 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ( Spelling long words makes my head hurt.)
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To: nypokerface
There will be two war dog memorials built. The first was unveiled on President’s Day 2000 at March Field Air Museum - March Air Force Base, Riverside California and the second at Sacrifice Field in front of the National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning, Georgia on October 8th, 2000

They must want official recognition status.

http://www.war-dogs.com/main.htm

23 posted on 05/28/2007 7:38:01 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ( Spelling long words makes my head hurt.)
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To: devolve; HairOfTheDog

[I watched the South Vietnamese take our dogs away]

That had to be a truely sad moment and memory. A simple memorial is very appropriate but nowdays they seem to run these things into millions of dollars!

Privately funded sounds good.


24 posted on 05/28/2007 7:39:51 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: ThomasThomas

That’s it! March Field! They have an aviation museum there as well. It was a lovely afternoon. I did go to Riverside National Cemetery as well and spent considerable time at the Medal of Honor Memorial.

A humbling experience......


25 posted on 05/29/2007 5:30:54 AM PDT by trimom
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To: OldPossum

Yes. People are worth more than their pets.


26 posted on 05/29/2007 4:03:59 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: dogbrain

Both, I judge each mutt and moggy by the content of their character.


27 posted on 05/29/2007 4:05:37 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: dr_who_2
It's all a matter of perspective. My dogs are worth more to me than all my blood relatives and my friends (both of them) combined.

These dogs are my constant companions and I treasure them. Can't say that much about the humans I come across. Too bad that such heresy gets under your skin.

28 posted on 05/29/2007 5:57:09 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

Doesn’t get under my skin really. It’s just a pity that like-minded dogs and cats don’t post here.


29 posted on 05/30/2007 6:00:48 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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