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Memorial Day 2008, an Interesting Tribute for K-9 Corps Member
May 27, 2008

It is Memorial Day Weekend, and next to any other holiday, more Americans probably spend some time talking about past military service of family and friends, or visit a cemetery this weekend.

The Wisconsin Veterans Administration operates a facility in King, which is about 14 miles form Iola. It stared as a G.A.R. facility, for veterans and their spouses (who require medical care) to live in an environment of independence yet observation.

It has a large military cemetery on a hillside next to the grounds.

While walking thru the cemetery several years ago, I noticed a lone stone placed in a small traffic triangle, and it had a nice tree and even a bench. My first though was that is odd, to have just one service man in the middle of a traffic triangle, however, upon closer inspection, I got to read the stone and everything became clear.

The stone is named for "Brownie" a member of the U.S. Army K-9 corps serving from May 1943 thru October 1944. The dog obviously returned to the Wisconsin Veterans Home, and was probably a very welcomed visitor to many of the veterans. He lived 1941-1949. The tribute: "A veterans best friend" is at the bottom of the stone.

His grave is visited often today, as there are usually a fresh bundle of bird feathers decorating the grave site. The bench is also a welcome rest spot as the grounds are hilly.


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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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