Photographed December 17, 2014
Erected by American Legion
King, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
U.S. Army K-9 Corps
Served May 1943
to October 1944
A VETERAN'S BEST FRIEND
Brownie is interred at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery on northbound County Road QQ, at its T-intersection with Mitchner Avenue, at N2584 County Road QQ, Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981.
NOTE: Brownie's burial site is located about half-way up the hill from the County Road QQ entrance, where two roads converge inside the cemetery, creating a little grassy island at the convergence. It's impossible to miss Brownie! The above coordinates will take you to Brownie's exact location inside the cemetery.
Some information about Brownie:
- Brownie was born in 1941; his owner was Oren Kendley of King, Wisconsin
- Brownie entered military service on May 29, 1943 (when Oren was 10 years old), and served in the K-9 Corps
- Brownie served during World War II; he served in the Pacific Theater as a guard dog
- Brownie lost an eye in battle, and was honorably discharged on October 13, 1944
- After his discharge, Brownie was returned to Oren Kendley and his family
- Brownie spent several years visiting the veterans at Wisconsin Veterans Home at King; he also marched in veterans parades -- everyone loved Brownie!
- In 1949, Brownie was killed by a hit-and-run driver; he was only 7-1/2 years old
- Brownie was buried with full military honors
- It is believed that Brownie is the only member of K-9 Corps buried in a military cemetery
- Brownie's headstone was sponsored by the G.A.R. (some reports say the American Legion)
War Dogs: The birth of the K-9 Corps (February 14, 2008)
The entire triangle belongs to Brownie . . .
The view from Brownie's burial site . . .
Brownie is buried at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery,
just up the hill to the right of this main entrance.