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Fayetteville considers memorial for military dogs


FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) -- A Fayetteville group is proposing the creation of a memorial for dogs who have died while serving in the military.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Army Sgt. Maj. Chuck Yerry says dogs who have died in the line of duty deserve to be honored.

Yerry is president of the Fayetteville-based Special Operations Forces K9 Memorial and wants to honor the specially trained dogs killed since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Yerry says the dogs have skills that soldiers cannot replicate on a battlefield.

He wants the memorial on the grounds of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville. Paul Galloway with the museum's foundation says the dogs should be honored for their service.

The design calls for a life-sized statue of a Belgian Malinois wearing combat gear.

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