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HAGATNA, Guam (July 20, 1998 - Radio Australia)---A group of World War II dogs serving the military in the U. S. territory of Guam, including 25 killed in action, has been recognized in Tennessee for heroic service.

A statue of "Kurt," a Doberman pinscher who saved the lives of 250 marines when he alerted them to Japanese infiltrating soldiers, has been dedicated at the University of Tennessee.

Kurt was the first dog to die in the Guam conflict and the first to be buried in the War Dog Cemetery on the North Pacific island.

The statue, called "Always Faithful," is a duplicate of a statue dedicated on Guam in July 1994.

The war dogs were trained to detect mines, carry supplies, and to alert troops in foxholes at night to approaching enemy soldiers.

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