The U.S. Army "War Dog" program starts - March 13, 1942  

 

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13/03/2019 6:53 pm  

While more than one million canines provided support services during World War One carrying messenges and acting as support animals,  formal training of dogs by the United States Military did not begin until March 13, 1942.

The US Army Quartermaster Corps was tasked with training dogs for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.  Seven canine breeds were ultimately selected to receive training (German Shepherds, Belgian sheep dogs, Doberman Pinschers, collies, Siberian Huskies, Malumutes and Eskimo dogs) over a 8 to 12 week period.  All dogs had to receive basic obedience training prior to being sent for specialized training to work as sentry dogs, scout/patrol dogs, messenger dogs or mine-detection dogs.

The top canine hero of World War II was Chips, a German Shepherd who served with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division.

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Chips was trained as a sentry dog and his handler was PVT John P. Rowell.  They served with the 3rd I.D. in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany, as well as serving during the 1943 Roosevelt-Churchill (Casablanca Morocco) conference.

During the invasion of Sicily, Chips and his handler were pinned down on the beachhead by an Italian machine-gun team. Chips broke from his handler and jumped into the pillbox, attacking the gunners. The four man crew was forced to leave the pillbox and surrendered to US troops.  In the fight, he sustained a scalp wound and powder burns. Later that day, he helped take an additional ten Italians prisoner.

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For his actions during the war, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart; however, these awards were later revoked due to an Army policy preventing official commendation of animals. His unit unofficially awarded him a theater ribbon with an arrowhead for an assault landing, and battle stars for each of his eight campaigns.

The European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal is a military award of the United States Armed Forceswhich was first created on November 6, 1942 by Executive Order 9265  issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The medal was intended to recognize those military service members who had performed military duty in the European Theater (to include North Africa and the Middle East) during the years of the Second World War

The Arrowhead device is a miniature bronze arrowhead that may be worn on campaign, expedition, and service medals and ribbons to denote participation in an amphibious assault landing, combat parachute jump, helicopter assault landing, or combat glider landing by a service member of the United States Army or United States Air Force

A service star is a miniature bronze or silver five-pointed star ​authorized to be worn on medals and ribbons to denote an additional award or service period.  The service star may also be referred to as a campaign star or battle star depending on which award is authorized the star and the manner in swhich the device is used for the award. A silver star is worn instead of five bronze stars.

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13/03/2019 7:27 pm  

Man's best friend. You will find no better loyal companion than a dog. I would rather be monk mode, forgoing sex, and have a faithful and loyal dog, than be in the vice-grip of a dishonest and thankless wife. 

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
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13/03/2019 11:32 pm  

And dogs will not divorce rape you! 


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14/03/2019 1:57 am  

While I served in the Navy  they used Beagles to sniff out contraband aboard our ship. Word was their small stature  allowed  them access to the small spaces. There noses are great also.  My dad raised several breeds of hounds. 

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14/03/2019 2:45 am  
Posted by: Uly The Cunning

 

Check Uly.  A dogs bond is like a mans; constant and unshaken, until someone abuses and casts them aside.  Then they are cautious and slow to answer any call or request.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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14/03/2019 2:48 am  
Posted by: uoSʎWodɹɐH

While I served in the Navy  they used Beagles to sniff out contraband aboard our ship. Word was their small stature  allowed  them access to the small spaces. There noses are great also.  My dad raised several breeds of hounds. 

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Being Army I have only seen large breed K-9 soldiers and man were they stout.  You tread carefully around them and they never dropped their gaze from yours, unless told to do so by their handler of course.  Then it was usually to begin concentrating on another sector of concern.

I bet the beagles ruled on board, off duty or on!  I used to have three litter mates as a youngster that ran rabbits.  Great animals for sure, thanks Harpo

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21/03/2019 4:04 am  

It is a difficult thing to explain, the loyalty of a good dog. The loyalty that a female will never be able to compete with. You can just sit there in silence and watch a sunrise or sunset, and not have to hear about why you are not spending money and dancing like a jester for him. Just as well, I always got along with the K-9s in the military. They are a great companions for soldiers. 

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
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21/03/2019 12:52 pm  

You develop a bond with a dog, good or bad, but you only have a relationship with a female.  

Relationships change depending upon society and other life circumstances and are always in a state of flux.  This continually causes stress.

Bonds are not dependent upon time, need little or no explanation, and are mutually and individually beneficial to all parties.  You want to be with those "people" and look forward seeing them.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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