Smoky Memorial

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Smoky Memorial - Local man's dog prompts war memorial By Ron...
Local man's dog prompts war memorial By Ron Simon News Journal MANSFIELD Veterans of every war have their monuments, and now Smoky is getting one too. Smoky was a Yorkshire dog of war, found during World War II in the South Pacific and cared for by Bill Wynne of Harlan Road. On Fsiday, a monument to dogs of war, inspired by Smoky's story, will be dedicated at Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation Memorial Field. It is located . just south of-Detroit Roadin Lake-wood along1 the Rocky River Valley Parkway. The dedication is Veterans Dhv 20l5 set for 2 p.m. Wynne will be there along with Vietnam Marine veteran James Strand of Eastlake. Strand read Wynne' 1996 book on Smoky, "Yorkie Doodle Dandy," and decided the little dog was a war hero. He convinced the Cleveland Metroparks board that their park is where that monument should be. "We managed to raise $31,000 to have it built," Wynne said. Wynne, 83, was an Army aerial photographer whose buddy found Smoky, a purebred Yorkshire terrier, in the jungles of New Guinea. He sold her to Wynne for two Australian pounds. "She was about 10 months old and never weighed more than four pounds," Wynne said. Where Wynne went, Smoky went ' V; K J , . " KH t, '"-"Xl '; . '"IF 4 1 I - ' - - , r t- i . v.- , . : ' .,(. . .-i i , ' .;. ,.i ... "'' ... . i ,-i, ...I 'i s 1 , . . , -i t ''.S ,. , - . . - t li t.. r .. ff - J' . . - ',"1. ,, .- .v tH :. vA..' v f ;'i y.3'J : '...-.. ? . ...riZ ill'"

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  2. 11 Nov 2005, Fri,
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