K-9 Hero

For the most part, those who enter battle know why they are fighting or at minimum have their own idea of why they must go.  Furthermore, although given orders one can make small decisions based on surfacing circumstances within the struggle.  However, we do have some who ask no questions, those who never give a second thought about their command and always charge ahead to do whatever they are trained to do.  Regardless of the outcome of the fight, they know of no benefit and ask for no reward.  In addition, the rewards they may receive have no meaning to them.

These brave souls of course are not human but rather in other animal forms.  They show up every day for service without complaint and without sloth.  These beautiful creatures have been used for many years and today they are even more prevalent.  Perhaps they were the many horses who were rode into battle in the early wars; maybe they were the dachshunds used on the battlefield or the dogs sniffing landmines in Vietnam.  Today, they will fearlessly allow themselves to be strapped to their human companion and jump from thousands of feet above to the ground to then go do their duty.  Perhaps we know of some of the more famous animals who fought a war such as World War I’s German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin who was rescued from a battlefield by an American Soldier.  Maybe we know of the Bull Terrier, Sergeant Stubby, which was decorated and promoted for doing such service as saving an entire regiment.  By chance, you may know of the World War I hero Cher Ami, “Dear Friend” in French, the Homing Pigeon which delivered a message saving a division and was shot receiving severe wounds, losing an eye and a leg but still managed to make it.  However, there are many more animals which have served this country and deserve the care and recognition reserved for a hero.  In fact, Thomaston had her own K-9 hero during WWII named “Hobo”.  Never asking why, never knowing the reason, Hobo is a true hero and all like him deserve praise.  Below is an article regarding Hobo from the Thomaston Times November 9, 1944 edition.   100_8312