Let us not forget the Vietnam War dogs

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CINCINNATI -- Only one monument in the United States solely honors the 4,000 dogs that served in the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam Dogs of War monument, which stands in the shadow of a retired helicopter in Cincinnati's Veteran's Memorial Park, has gained attention as a result of the Cincinnati Enquirer's effort to put together a list of all war monuments in the area in time for Memorial Day.

The monument, bearing the silhouette of a German shepherd, honors the 4,000 dogs that went with troops to Southeast Asia. Only an estimated 200 of those dogs returned home. Most of the dogs, the Enquirer reported, died in combat - sniffing out booby traps, landmines and enemies.

By government calculations, the dogs that served in Vietnam prevented an estimated 10,000 casualties.

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