Since the American Revolution, military working dogs have served all branches of the United States Armed Forces. This unique exhibition not only highlights the significant involvement of these four-legged warriors in the military but honors the important role they and their handlers play in serving and protecting countless lives in conflicts across the globe.
Julie Schrock, Gold Star Mother of Corporal Max Donahue (USMC) and author of “Missing Max,” will share stories about her son, his “service over self” attitude as a Marine, and his love of being the handler for Fenji, his trusted military working dog. She will also detail her journey of hope, faith and love through the days, weeks and months following his injury and then his death.
Joining Julie will be retired Master Sergeant Chris Willingham, USMC. During his 20-year military career, Chris served as a Military Working Dog (MWD) handler, trainer, instructor, and program manager. Chris and his MWD Lucca conducted numerous operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and are credited with saving countless lives. Lucca led more than 400 missions during her career, and no one was hurt until the day she herself suffered a severe injury on the battlefield. Retired from military service, she now lives with Chris and his family. Chris is President of the United States War Dog Association which promotes the long history and unique work of these canine warriors.