Sculptures honor wounded military dogs and the servicemembers who worked with them

A temporary exhibit featuring Wounded Warrior Dog wooden sculptures by artist James Mellick will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Nov. 8, 2019 through Jan. 31, 2020. SCULPTURES BY ARTIST JAMES MELLI
A temporary exhibit featuring Wounded Warrior Dog wooden sculptures by artist James Mellick will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Nov. 8, 2019 through Jan. 31, 2020. SCULPTURES BY ARTIST JAMES MELLI

Sculptures honor wounded military dogs and the servicemembers who worked with them

by Martin Egnash
Stars and Stripes

A traveling exhibit of sculptures depicting wounded military working dogs seeks to get people talking about the servicemembers who worked, and sometimes died, with the canines, while also honoring the dogs’ service.

“This exhibit shows the sacrifices dogs have made in battle, but it also shows the human sacrifice of their handlers,” Ohio-based sculptor James Mellick said in a phone interview last week.

The sculptures are scheduled to begin a two-month run from Nov. 8 to Jan. 21 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

There are now eight dogs carved out of cedar, walnut, poplar, sycamore and other woods in Mellick’s collection, his website says. Through the dogs, the exhibit takes viewers from World War II up to the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.602116

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