Kent War Dog Memorial Campaign kicks off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 25, 2015
Contact: Dave Skocik 302-736-8500 cell

Kent War Dog Memorial Campaign kicks off

Paul Davis, state council president, Vietnam Veterans of America; Ken Bodine, chairman of the Memorial Committee; and Joe Startt Jr., president, Chapter 850, display the photo of SSGT Jason Spangenberg and his War Dog Rico. Group photo by Dave Skocik.

Paul Davis, state council president, Vietnam Veterans of America; Ken Bodine, chairman of the Memorial Committee; and Joe Startt Jr., president, Chapter 850, display the photo of SSGT Jason Spangenberg and his War Dog Rico. Group photo by Dave Skocik.

DOVER — After months of discussion, meetings and even unsolicited contributions, the campaign for a War Dog Memorial at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park in Dover officially began at an annual fundraiser hosted by Kent County Vietnam Veterans of America.

During the March 20 sold-out dinner at the Felton Fire Hall, chapter leaders took the opportunity to unveil the photograph that will serve as the template for the planned memorial to all generations of war dogs and their handlers, according to Ken Bodine who heads the chapter’s memorial committee.

The recent photo of dog handler SSgt Jason Spangenberg and his War Dog Rico, was taken at Dover AFB by A1C William Johnson and will be used as the template for the planned memorial. It will be etched into a 5-foot black granite stone by Lloyd Memorials of Dover.

“This is not only a tribute to the highly-trained K-9s that have saved so many lives, but is also a recognition of their handlers from all branches and in all conflicts,” said Joe Startt Jr., Chapter 850 president. “We’re especially pleased that this poster, created and donated by Dover’s Signs by Tomorrow, highlights our current veterans and their outstanding service.”

SSgt Spangenberg, who hails from Scranton, Pa., and Rico have served multiple tours in Afghanistan and earned a Bronze Star Medal for their work in finding IEDs (improvised explosive devices) that saved the lives of fellow service members.

The inscription on the stone will read, “They protected and watched over us at home and on the field of battle. We are forever grateful for their undying loyalty, devotion, and faithful service. They are not forgotten.”

The War Dog Memorial will be placed next the UH-1 “Huey” helicopter dedicated last year.

Contributions may be made to Kent County Chapter 850 with ‘war dog’ in the memo area and mailed to VVA Chapter 850, c/o Ken Bodine, P.O. Box 1718 Dover, DE 19903. Email pauldavis5233@comcast.net for additional information.

The chapter plans to dedicate the memorial during the July 1-5 visit of the Vietnam “Wall that Heals,” to the Veterans Memorial Park.

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