SOF K9 Memorial

A Memorial to the Canine Heroes of the Special Operations Forces

K9 Statue

The SOF K9 Memorial Foundation was created to memorialize fallen Special Operations Forces Canine  Heroes killed in action.  Wanting an appropriate place worthy of the honor to house the memorial, the Foundation chose the grounds of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.  Sculptor Lena Toritch was commissioned to create the statue, and paid painstakingly close attention to detail to make sure that every part of the dog is life like, to ensure that the memorial is worthy of its cause.  The Memorial is located at the front of the museum, around the Iron Mike Circle, with the canine positioned to face Iron Mike and the museum’s main doors, as though he’s a sentry standing guard over the legends of the airborne and special operations.  At the base of the statue is an inscription dedicated to the dogs’ constant vigilance.  Beneath the inscription are stones, each etched with a name of a SOF K9 that gave his life in the line of duty.   The SOF K9 Memorial at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum was dedicated on 27 July 2013.


Statue (8) K9 Stones SOF k9 Memorial

Inscribed at the base of the statue are the words:

Enscription at the SOF K9 Memorial

Constant Vigilance

The bond between a SOF handler and his K9 is eternal; trusting each other in a nameless language.  Here we honor our SOF K9’s that have paid the ultimate price.


Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation
100 Bragg Blvd.
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
(910) 643-2778
Museum Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
Closed Mondays and Federal Holidays
Open Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veteran’s Day

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation supports the museum with marketing, advertising and financial support for its programs and exhibits. Opening the doors on August 16th, 2000, the 60th anniversary of the original United States Army’s Test Platoon’s first parachute jump, the museum offers free admission, a main exhibit gallery, temporary gallery, four-story tall theater, video theater and a motion simulator ride. It is located in Historic Downtown Fayetteville on the corner of Bragg Boulevard and Hay Street, adjacent to the city’s Freedom Memorial Park and the recently built North Carolina Veteran’s Park. The main gallery is designed as a self-guiding tour, in chronological order, through the history of the airborne and special operations soldiers, from 1940 to the present. The temporary gallery changes throughout the year and displays a myriad of exhibits pertaining to the United States Army, airborne and special operation units through their history and conflicts from World War II to the present. For a nominal fee visitors can ride the 24 seat motion simulator. Find our privacy policy here.

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