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This Memorial Day, anyone who loves dogs should give a shout-out to Laura Miller and Dave Nielson, a retired Ranger. They are co-founders, along with Chuck Yerry, of the SOFK9Memorial Foundation. When thinking about those who have sacrificed their lives to keep Americans safe, people should also consider the canine soldiers killed in action.

Dave told American Thinker, “My children have a dad because of my canine partner, Pepper. We can actually multiply that by sixty-two, the number of those in my unit. In this unit we lost twenty-two dogs, while they searched for either the enemy or a bomb.”

Once they decided to start the foundation, three phases were established. Phase I to create a memorial in honor of the fallen dogs killed while engaging the enemy. The statue and museum are located at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, just outside of Fort Bragg, N.C. In addition, plaques representing Special Operations dogs are placed at the base of the statue and includes the dogs’ names, the countries they served, and the years and theaters they were killed in.