Approved by U.S. Congress   (Public Law 110-181, Section 2877)   Congressional Sponsor:  U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones, NC

Military Working Dog Teams
National Monument

Saluting our nation's four footed hero soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen and coast guards for saving countless thousands of American lives since World War II!

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MWD History^^

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    Iraq/Afghan War

    The U.S. Air Force is the proponent service for the Department of Defense military working dog program. Lackland Air Force base near San Antonio, Texas is where the working dog teams are trained. Lackland procures the dogs from a variety of U.S. and overseas sources. The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and many other government organizations send their candidate dog handlers to Lackland for basic and advanced dog training.




    World War II

    In January 1942, not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941), the American Kennel Association and Dogs for Defense mobilized dog owners across the country to donate working dogs to the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps. This spawned the beginning of the U.S. military working dog program.

    Military war dog training centers were founded, organized, staffed and funded at various locations throughout the country (e.g. Fort Carson, Colorado...

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    Korean War

    On July 11, 1951, at the outset of hostilities between North and South Korea, a new Army War Dog Receiving & Holding Station was activated at Cameron Station, Alexandria, Virginia. The war dogs were processed and conditioned before being shipped to the Army Dog Training Center, Fort Carson, Colorado.

    Officially, the United States called its military involvement in Korea a police action — the "Korean Conflict."

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    Vietnam War

    Between the years 1964 and 1973, America had deployed an estimated 4,000 war dogs and 10,000 handlers to help defend South Vietnam from invasion from North Vietnam. During the ground war, Veterinarians and Vet Techs were also deployed throughout South Vietnam to help manage the diets and medial health of the war dogs.

    The success of the war dogs and handlers walking point, tracking, guarding....

Board of Directors^^


Former Board Members^^

  • Richard Deggans

  • Larry Chilcoat

  • Kristie Dober

Brian Rich, Graphics Artist, created the JBMF Logos and art rendering of the original Monument Design based on the Concept and detailed instructions provided by JBMF, Inc.


Drew Johnson, Graphics Artist/Engineer, is responsible for modifying the original monument's renderings and producing the scaled specifications of the granite and bronze components used for the construction phase.