Hero Animals of WWII Celebrated in New Orleans

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We all know about the human heroes of World War II. We've seen the photos of the "Times Square Kiss" and the "Flag Raising on Iwo Jima." But how many of us have seen pictures of the animal heroes of WWII?

A new exhibition at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, La. called "Loyal Forces: The Animals of WWII" commemorates the canine, equine and avian heroes that served and gave their lives in the war. "Often people think our museum is all about guns and tanks, but we really strive to tell the American experience from all parts of the war," co-curator Toni Kiser tells Paw Nation. "Loyal Forces is a great way for us to tell the story of those that couldn't speak for themselves."

The photos in our gallery below are a sampling of what's shown in the exhibit, which includes life-sized mannequins of horses and mules fully outfitted in authentic WWII equipment, videos of U.S. servicemen encountering exotic animals, and an interactive digital German horse veterinary kit.

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