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Military Mascots

Military Mascots

American military personnel have always acquired animals as pets or mascots, whether in peacetime or at war. Every military camp had its share of dogs, cats, and other species (some quite exotic, such as monkeys or bears)--all of whom ate, played, worked, and lived with their owners.

Sometimes they tagged along on missions, riding in Jeeps, tanks, or planes. More often they patiently waited in camp or at base for the return of their masters. All of them provided a much-needed boost in morale and a vital link with normal life back home. More importantly, they offered a small feeling of peace amidst the chaos.

This exhibit features a cast resin bulldog named "Winston." He has followed his master out to the aircraft and is taking up position to await his return.