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World War II Museum features animals of war

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Posted: Jul 19, 2010 9:28 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: exhibit, National World War II Museum, New Orleans, dogs, horses, animals, war

A new exhibit at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans features dogs, horses and other animals used during the war.

"Loyal Force: Animals at War" showcases the species most often brought into the war.

The first exhibit highlights the Coast Guard shore patrol, which used 3,000 horses.

German horses represent the European theater.

North Africa and the Mediterranean are represented by pigeons.

An oral history from Hiram Boone, a muleskinner for the Army's Mars Task Force, informs the China, Burma and India theater exhibit.

For the Pacific front, there are the dogs, including Smoky the Yorkshire terrier, who pulled a telegraph wire through a pipe that was 70 feet long and 8 inches wide.

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