A new memorial salutes fallen canine heroes.
In late 2005, Sgt. Maj. Chris Moyer and his unit were on patrol in Iraq’s Western Euphrates River Valley when his canine soldier companion, Valco, detected an enemy sniper lying in wait with an AK-47. The enemy fled into a thick palm grove and the dog gave chase, locating and holding the combatant at bay. But then the trapped sniper opened fire on Valco, killing him instantly.