Whether as a mascot or pet or a stray in need of assistance, animals have always had a special place in the hearts of military troops.
In honor of National Cat Day and inspired by the US Naval Institute's historical images of cats in the sea services, we assembled some of the most adorable photos of military personnel and their animals
HMS Vernon sailor holds ship's mascot in Portsmouth in September 1931.
National Cat Day is celebrated on Oct. 29 to remember our favorite felines and help others find forever homes.
According to nationalcatday.com, the holiday encourages pet owners to spoil their fur babies with treats and affection, make a donation to a local shelter or save a life by adopting a cat.
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