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Today is K9 Veterans Day, celebrating how these loyal animals have served valorously alongside their human counterparts for decades. On this day in 1942 the U.S. K9 Corps was created and dogs officially became part of military service.

Here’s MOC’s pictorial salute to the patriotic pooches who’ve done their part downrange:

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

11 awesome military dog pics because K9 Veterans Day

(All photos courtesy of Department of Defense)

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