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  • Soldier’s hero dog ‘stolen’ by military

    11/09/2014 8:34:42 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11-9-14 | Maureen Callahan
    Where’s Matty? On July 20, 2013, Spc. Brent Grommet returned from Afghanistan with his military working dog, a Czech German shepherd named Matty. The two had gone through basic training together, deployed together and were injured together when a roadside IED detonated. Grommet slept on top of Matty’s crate as they flew back to the United States. Upon landing at an Air Force base in New Jersey, the two were separated — standard operating procedure. Grommet wasn’t worried, though: According to Army regulations, if he wanted Matty, he had the sole right to adopt his military working dog. This right...
  • Sergeant Stubby ... Vintage World War I Photos of American War Dog, circa 1918

    07/29/2013 7:06:33 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Circa 1918 | Retronaut
    • "Sergeant Stubby" Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America's first war dog, Stubby served 18 months 'over there' and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there until American Soldiers found him). Back home his exploits were front page news of every major newspaper. •...

    11/26/2012 5:08:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Express ^ | 11-26-12 | David Heyhoe
    ARMS and explosives search dog Treo has saved countless lives in Afghanistan. His handler David Heyhoe tells his story. SETTING off into the dawn sunlight, Treo and I are out front doing the lonely walk. We dog handlers say that emotions run up leash and down again. We had just lost our first soldier - killed by a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) - and Treo could sense that I wanted payback. Treo was hyper-alert and raring to go. It was a good thing. We'd been out for several days now and the Taliban would know the paths we'd use...
  • A Salute to War Dogs

    05/28/2012 2:34:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | May 28, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    Today, as we remember our fallen military members who valiantly gave their lives to protect our freedom, let’s also commemorate our four-legged force and their handlers that have done the same. Officially, “military working dogs,” these canines have saved countless lives by sniffing out IEDs and weapon caches in Iraq and Afghanistan, and alerting to danger along the way in Vietnam. Since the dogs first entered military service in 1942, they have acted with the same levels of courage, dedication and loyalty as their human counterparts.   Designated as “equipment” by the military (although this is being challenged), they are...
  • Hero War Dog is Bow Wowing Out

    10/05/2011 5:38:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Express ^ | 10-5-11 | John Ingham
    SITTING proudly to attention, displaying a row of campaign medals on his chest, this RAF veteran is a military hero. But now Air Dog Buster is retiring after braving bombs and bullets on five operational tours. The nine-year-old English springer spaniel saw active service on two tours of Bosnia and two of Afghanistan, fitting in a few months in Iraq in between. The arms and explosives sniffer dog lives with his handler, RAF Police Sergeant Michael “Will” Barrow, 45, and his wife, Tracy. But he is not turning his back on military life – Buster will be the RAF Police...
  • Bomb-sniffing Army dog dies of broken heart after Taliban kills his master

    03/03/2011 2:25:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 3-3-11 | Ian Drury
    L/Cpl Tasker was the 358th serviceman killed in the conflict while his dog Theo was the sixth British military hound to die in action in Iraq and Afghanistan In life, they were united in their tireless work saving countless British soldiers in Afghanistan. In death, they were united in tragedy. Shortly after Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was killed in a firefight with the Taliban, his devoted Army search dog Theo suffered a seizure and passed away too. The pair had uncovered 14 home-made bombs and hoards of weapons in just five months – a record for a dog and his...
  • Military Working Dogs: Soldiers’ Best Friend on the Battlefield

    12/31/2007 3:28:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 212+ views
    Udi, a United States military working dog stationed at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, poses for the camera after he completes his daily training, Dec. 25. Photo by Pfc. Amanda McBride. FOB KALSU — With their strong sense of smell and their immeasurable loyalty, the highly trained military working dogs (MWD) in the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, are proving to be essential in the fight against terrorism. Military working dogs first entered the United States armed services in March 1942. Today, the dogs are still providing support to the troops on the battlefield.A single dog can search more...
  • War dog memorial honors forgotten aspect of military

    09/08/2007 9:48:11 AM PDT · by Dubya · 11 replies · 275+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | JONATHAN ABRAMS
    The small group of veterans gathers at March Field Air Museum in Riverside, Calif., once a year, traveling from all corners of the country, to mourn forgotten heroes of battle. They come to honor the dogs that saved lives by detecting booby traps and watching over military camps, dogs that became trusted friends in times of loneliness. snip The Vietnam Dog Handler Association estimates that dogs saved 10,000 soldiers' lives during the Vietnam War. They would alert handlers to tripwires blowing in the breeze or the otherwise undetectable scent of buried explosives. Depending on their level of aggressiveness, the dogs...
  • New Jersey Set to Get War Dog Memorial

    01/31/2006 5:20:48 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 16 replies · 423+ views ^ | 1/31/06 |
      NJ Set to Get War Dog Memorial Man's best friend has contributed to U.S. war efforts for many years, so it is only fitting to have an official war dog memorial to honor the service of these canine companions. Military canines make contributions every day while they serve in our military. They are hard working and do a great job of saving the lives of their handlers and the troops who walk in their footsteps. The nonprofit association is made up of current and former military dog handlers and is committed to educating the public about the invaluable service...
  • Dedication of the United States War Dogs Memorial

    01/18/2006 5:23:59 PM PST · by ronaiello · 14 replies · 941+ views
    18 January 2005
    Ron Aiello's vision glows in bronze. The long-awaited statue, depicting a U.S. Marine kneeling beside his military service dog, stands tall in artist Bruce Lindsay's studio. In a few months, the monument will be moved to a Holmdel site, where it will become the nation's first sanctioned U.S. War Dog Memorial. "It is life-sized," he said, "but it is larger than life." Aiello, a Burlington County resident, was among a handful of veteran dog handlers who took on a mission six years ago to see that their canine partners and other war dogs were not forgotten The Memorial will be...
  • War dogs lap up support

    07/05/2005 12:46:21 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 778+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2005 | Jen Haberkorn
    The Washington War dogs lap up supportBy Jen HaberkornTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished July 5, 2005 Military war dogs in Iraq help save lives by detecting bombs and traps and finding injured civilians, but their noses are getting chapped from the desert heat.     When Amy Nichols, owner of Happy Tails Dog Spa in Tysons Corner, heard of the dogs' tale, she bought some lip balm for their noses and set up a donation box in front of her store. The doggy day care also is collecting flying discs, knotted ropes and treats to send to the hundreds of dogs serving...

    05/11/2005 8:39:28 PM PDT · by ShuShu · 35 replies · 886+ views
    From The Antelope Valley Press in California comes the story of our K-9 contingent in Iraq. Chief Warrant Officer Peter Zorba, of Squadron HMM-764 "The Moonlighters" writes: I fly into Baghdad almost every night, but this night's mission was a special ASR (assault support request). A Marine K-9 had been killed and another dog wounded earlier in the day and we were going there to pick up the dead K-9, the wounded K-9 and their Marine handlers. How these Marines were attacked, whether in contact with insurgents, a sniper or an improvised explosive device (IED), we never knew. We took...
  • Brit army dog awarded for Iraq arms find

    12/09/2003 2:05:29 PM PST · by kattracks · 16 replies · 122+ views
    AP | 12/09/03 | JACK GARLAND
    LONDON (AP) — Buster, a 6-year-old Springer spaniel, earned more than a pat on the head Tuesday when he was awarded Britain's highest animal bravery medal for his role in breaking a resistance cell in Iraq. The British army canine received the Dickin Medal at a ceremony at London's Imperial Museum for discovering a cache of weapons and explosives in Safwan, southern Iraq, in March. Buster's handler, Sgt. Danny Morgan, said the building was thought to be the headquarters of extremists responsible for attacks on British forces, but that soldiers searching it had found nothing. He said Buster, however, persisted,...
  • Dog gets Iraq bravery award

    12/09/2003 10:27:05 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 25 replies · 433+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 10, 2003 | From correspondents in London
    GOOD boy! Buster, a six-year-old Springer spaniel, earned more than a pat on the head overnight when he was awarded Britain's highest animal bravery medal for his role in breaking a resistance cell in Iraq. The British army canine received the Dickin Medal at a ceremony at London's Imperial Museum for discovering a cache of weapons and explosives in Safwan, southern Iraq, in March. Danny's handler, Sgt Danny Morgan, said the building was thought to be the headquarters of extremists responsible for attacks on British forces, and that Buster succeeded after soldiers found nothing. Buster quickly gave Morgan an indication...
  • Military dogs help defend Iraq

    11/28/2003 8:09:33 PM PST · by Spruce · 44 replies · 345+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Nov 28, 2003 | Tech. Sgt. Bob Oldham
    Military dogs help defend Iraq by Tech. Sgt. Bob Oldham 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 11/28/2003 - TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Hiding behind mounds of dirt or anything else his handler could find, Tino sat and waited for an intruder to breach the base’s fence on his random listening and observation post. Suddenly, the military working dog’s ears, eyes and nose zeroed in on two men as they entered the base’s perimeter. As the men closed in, Tino stood up, fluffing up his hair and tail to make his presence known. “You could hear them stop breathing (when they saw Tino),”...
  • From scruffy to Fluffy, dog of war finds loving home in USA

    06/29/2003 9:06:53 AM PDT · by ellery · 41 replies · 235+ views
    AP via News Observer ^ | June 28, 2003 | JAY COHEN
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - They met in northern Iraq under the most trying of circumstances. Army Sgt. 1st Class Russell Joyce and his unit needed a guard dog. A scruffy, rail-thin German shepherd needed a home. Though most of the soldiers in the Special Forces unit thought the dog looked too frail, Joyce felt it deserved a chance. He fed it, trained it and, almost as a joke, named it Fluffy. Through it all, man and dog forged a commitment that lasted through war and government red tape, and all the way back to a reunion and a new home...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Canine Marine Raiders (1943-45) - Mar. 25th, 2003

    03/25/2003 5:27:46 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 94 replies · 8,889+ views
    U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. We hope to provide an ongoing source of information about issues and problems that are specific to Veterans and resources that are available to Veterans and their families. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel free to address their specific circumstances or whatever issues concern them in an atmosphere of peace, understanding, brotherhood...
  • William Putney, trained war dogs for Marine Corps in World War II, dies at 83

    03/23/2003 8:43:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 506+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/23/03 | AP - Los Angeles
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) - William W. Putney, a Marine Corps officer who trained war dogs during World War II and wrote of their heroism in his book "Always Faithful," has died. He was 83.</p> <p>Putney died Tuesday of cancer at his Woodland Hills home.</p>
  • USO Canteen FReeper Style~Dogs of War~March 11, 2003

    03/11/2003 2:26:48 AM PST · by LaDivaLoca · 385 replies · 4,802+ views
    K-9 History: The Dogs of War ^ | March 11, 2003 | LaDivaLoca
    HIGHLIGHTSThroughout the histories of warfare, from the days of the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Persians and the conquests of the Roman Empire. To the United Nation's Police Action in Korea, the war in Vietnam, the Gulf War, and more recently during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. Dogs have undergone active service at the sides of their masters, they have played the role of hero, by showing bravery under fire, saving lives (often by sacrificing their own), and bringing comfort to the injured and infirm. Beginning on March 13, 1942, Lt. Colonel Clifford C. Smith, chief of the...