IT should come as no surprise that a dog was part of the US Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden, as canines have been doing this for millennia, if not previously by rappelling down from helicopters. The Lydians deployed them in the 7th century BC while at least one played a significant role in the battle of
The Romans placed a great value on war dogs, specifically the Canis Molossus from
Spanish ‘conquistadores’ used dogs to attack and disembowel unfortunate South American natives, which may explain why, in 1525, Henry VIII sent 400 mastiffs to please King Ferdinand of
Dogs were also used in the American Civil War and First World War but were not officially inducted into the US Army until 1942, even before Harry Truman desegregated the military. About 5,000 of them served in the Vietnam War, though how many were cooked and eaten by the Viet Cong has not been recorded.
There are currently roughly 2,800 dogs on active