Effort salutes dogs

GLOVERSVILLE – Dogs are commonly known as man’s best friend, but few people may know the service the animals provide during war.

Broadalbin resident David Anderson of American Legion Post 137 wants to do something to help inform the public.

Anderson is proposing to build a War Dog Memorial in the veterans memorial park at the north end of Kingsboro Avenue.

The park already has six monuments representing each military branch. The new monument would match the other monuments by using black marble and the same type of etching, Anderson said.

“It will help the general public recognize what dogs have done for our country and how they have served our military,” Anderson told the city council Tuesday.

He said dogs have been used in combat since the Roman times. More than 4,000 dogs were deployed in the Vietnam War and were considered government issue, he said. More than 320 of those dogs died in combat.

“We have forgotten these dogs,” Anderson said.

He said the monument would have a script that would mention the service dogs provide and a 10-inch circle that would have a dog with a tear in its eye, with an eagle and an American flag in the background.

“Dogs saved they figure 10,000 American lives and millions of dollars in equipment just in Vietnam alone,” Anderson said.

He said the monument would cost the city nothing because a personal anonymous donation was made to the American Legion.

“This is a personal donation that I prefer remains anonymous at this time,” Anderson said. “If this is approved and we get it put in, I would like to have a day where it will be publicly known and have a little ceremony, and we can have people from the military speak to bring back to life something that is dead and gone.”

He said he would like to have the monument placed in front of the six that are standing on the site, but an additional sidewalk would have to be placed in front of the War Dog Memorial.

The Common Council and mayor supported the idea but asked Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones to figure out the logistics about the location and layout.

Jones said he believes the Historic Preservation Board should be informed about the War Dog Memorial as well.

“I think it is a terrific idea,” 1st Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth said.

“I don’t think most of our general public knows how much dogs were used in the Vietnam War and other military operations, so as much as Mr. Anderson and other military personnel knows about it, I think it would be great to let the general public know about it as well,” Mayor Dayton King said.