Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, and yes, Americans.
We here at BI Military and Defense do a lot of slideshows about jets or tanks or patrols, but not much about our literal dogs of war.
So now's your opportunity to ...
The United States War Dogs Association estimates that, since the beginning of their service, dogs have saved approximately 10,000 American lives.
Dogs have been in service and seen combat with Americans in every conflict since the birth of the nation, but have only served officially since WWI.
Dogs were mostly used as message carriers during the first few conflicts.
In WWI, Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated War Dog in history, saved an entire company from a serin gas attack. He also met three presidents.
The biggest hero of WII though, was a German Shepherd named Chips who single-handedly forced a machine gun crew to surrender. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and the Purple Heart-all later revoked due to Army regulations against awarding animals.