In the Battle of Guam in World War II, Marines used working dogs as messengers, scouts and sentries. Kurt, a Doberman, was the first of 25 dogs that lost their lives during that battle.
In the 1980’s, the military veterinarian who had served as commander of the War Dog Platoon, returned to Guam to establish the National War Dog Cemetery on the island, and worked to raise funds for a monument in honor of the animals who lost their lives liberating Guam. The sculpture, named “Always Faithful”, depicts Kurt the Doberman. One of the other castings of the monument can be found at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Auburn, Alabama.
Military dogs, also called War Dogs, have fought beside American soldiers in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War, but they were not officially recognized until World War II.