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Posted on Apr 24, 2013 in Stuff We Like

Win a Trip to The National World War II Museum

By Media Release

Armchair General received this media release from The National World War II Museum. To upload a picture of your “animal hero,” go to the link below and click the Like button at upper right on the Facebook page. That will bring up an option to submit photos.

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Submit a Photo of Your Animal Hero for a Chance to Win a Trip to New Orleans*, an Autographed Copy of Loyal Forces, and Membership to The National World War II Museum

“In the frightening and uncharted world of war, servicemen and women could count on the transport given by horses and mules, the protection offered by dogs, the communication delivered by pigeons, and the solace provided by mascots and pets.”—from Loyal Forces

Baton Rouge— Celebrate the animals that helped the Allies to victory by submitting your own animal hero to the Loyal Forces Photo Contest.  Go to  and enter to win a trip to New Orleans, an autographed copy of Loyal Forces, and a membership to The National World War II Museum. Contest ends May 3, 2013 at midnight. Presented by LSU Press and The National World War II Museum.


More about the book Loyal Forces:

At a time when every American was called upon to contribute to the war effort—whether by enlisting, buying bonds, or collecting scrap metal—the use of American animals during World War II further demonstrates the resourcefulness of the U.S. military and the many sacrifices that led to the Allies’ victory. Through 157 photographs from the National World War II Museum collection, Loyal Forces captures the heroism, hard work, and innate skills of innumerable animals that aided the military as they fought to protect, transport, communicate, and sustain morale.

From the last mounted cavalry charge of the U.S. Army to the 36,000 homing pigeons deployed overseas, service animals made a significant impact on military operations during World War II. Authors Toni M. Kiser and Lindsey F. Barnes deftly illustrate that every branch of the armed forces and every theater of the war utilized the instincts and dexterity of these dependable creatures, who, though not always in the direct line of enemy fire, had their lives put at risk for the jobs they performed.

Lindsey F. Barnes, senior archivist and digital projects manager at the National WWII Museum, earned her master’s in library and information science from Louisiana State University.

Toni M. Kiser, assistant director of collections and exhibits and registrar at the National WWII Museum, earned her master’s in museum studies at the George Washington University.

*Trip to New Orleans via $200 Jet Blu Gift Card, other rules apply see contest website for more information