Veteran’s Day Salute to Military Dogs

Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States, and all of us here at The Puppy Places (many of whom are vets themselves) join the nation in giving our respect and our thanks to our country’s veterans active and inactive.

Being the dog lovers that we are, we want to send a special salute to the military working dog teams putting their lives on the line for us today and for those who gave their lives for us in days past.

We could go on for pages and pages listing the amazing things dogs are doing or have done, but let this lone image, bridging the gap between modern times, and a history not too long past, serve as our salute.

Dog War Memorial

Thank you to Beverly: Beverly & Pack for this post.

Santa Rita, Guam (Oct. 27, 2006) – Petty Officer 2nd Class Blake Soller, a Military Working Dog (MWD) handler pets the head of his MWD Rico, at the War Dog Cemetery located on Naval Base Guam. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John F. Looney (RELEASED)

Inscription from memorial commemorating World War II combat dogs…

25 Marine War Dogs gave their lives liberating Guam in 1944. They served as sentries, messengers, scouts. They explored caves, detected mines and booby traps. -SEMPER FIDELIS

Kurt, Yonnie, Koko, Bunkie,
Skipper, Poncho, Tubby, Hobo
Ni, Prince, Fritz, Emmy,
Missy, Cappy, Duke, Max,
Blitz, Arno, Silver, Brockie,
Bursch, Pepper, Ludwig, Rickey,
Tam (buried at sea off Asan Point)

Given in their memory and on behalf of the surviving men of the 2nd and 3rd marine war dogs platoons, many of whom owe their lives to the bravery and sacrifice of these gallant animals.

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