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The Contributions of the American Military Working Dog in Vietnam

  • 120 Pages
  • 2.93 MB
  • English
University Press of the Pacific
American history: Vietnam War, Dogs, Military, History, History - Military / War, USA, Vietnam, Military - Vietna
The Physical Object
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL8425292M
ISBN 10141022452X
ISBN 139781410224521

Even before American troops were formally committed in Vietnam, military advisors to the region recognized the usefulness and importance of military working dogs. As early as American scout and sentry dogs were introduced in South Vietnam to assist the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in protecting their military installations as well as in searching for the Vietcong and soldiers of the North Author: Mary Kathleen Murray.

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Title: The Contributions of the American Military Working Dog in Vietnam. Descriptive Note: Master's thesis 4 Aug Corporate Author: ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS. Personal Author(s): Murray, Mary K. Full Text: Report Date: 05 JUN Cited by: 3.

Inthe U.S. Army trained sniffer dogs and their human companions to track down guerrillas in Vietnam. The military kept these Combat Tracker Teams secret to hide them from the enemy—and. This is a well-written history of American military working dogs. Also included: photographs. War Dogs: A history of loyalty and heroism by Michael G.

Lemish ISBN: Publication Date: This detailed book focuses on military working dogs in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. It is an excellent place to begin research in this : Stefanie S. Pearlman. In Vietnam, American forces used dogs for everything from base security to detecting ambushes to hunting down fleeing enemy units.

We used German shepherds like Smokey, mixes of shepherd types and. Over 4, dogs served our military in Southeast Asia. As American participation in the war ended, former bases were turned over to the Vietnamese Air Force.

Dogs were treated as excess equipment.

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In some cases they were turned over to the Vietnamese military. The Vietnamese military never had an effective dog program. Vietnam K-9 units, the dogs and their handlers, were credited with saving thousands of lives in the war.

There are countless stories of how the dogs prevented an ambush, discovered deadly mines or booby traps, or sounded the alarm against infiltrators. (See Famous War Dogs for some Vietnam stories.).

As in previous wars, US and Australian military forces used working dogs in a variety of capacities in the Vietnam conflict.

These included scout, sentry, and tracker roles. At the end of1, combat dogs were working for the US Army, Marines and Navy and the Australian armed forces in the Vietnam theater of operations.

The US military has pledged not to dispose of military working dogs in such a manner again." Monty Moore, VSPA K-9 Webmaster. The double-injustice for final disposition of War Dogs often entailed the active and mandatory participation of the dog's handler (especially Sentry Dogs of the Air Force).

Vietnam. Their training is intense; their working conditions are deplorable; their lives are always on the line; and in at least one case, namely Vietnam, their rewards were profile describes the most innocent and vulnerable of combat veterans-our Nation’s War Dogs.

Watch Slide Show and Listen to: Rest of the Story, By: Paul Harvey. On Oct. 27,a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois military working dog named Conan took part in the Barisha raid, which resulted in the death. The dog and handler were very effective in defending aircraft, airfields, supply depots, ammunition dumps, defensive perimeters, and many other strategic military facilities throughout South Vietnam.

Sentry dog teams were deployed as the first line of defense guarding American. The impetus for a military working dog memorial came from David Backstrom, a Navy corpsman who served in Vietnam and volunteers at the Highground.

Several years ago in Eau Claire Backstrom met the.

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Posted by on US War Dog Association. The United States War Dogs Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of Former and Current US Military Dog Handlers and supporting members committed to promoting the long history of the Military Service Dogs, establishing permanent War Dog Memorials, and educating the public about the invaluable service of these.

When American Military went to Vietnam, hundreds of working dogs were deployed. Within a year, enemy attacks on American bases stopped when the Vietcong discovered dog teams. The Vietcong feared military dogs so much that they placed a bounty on the lives of both the dogs and their handlers.

The other men, working fast to get Reichenbach medical attention, finally got a muzzle on the dog. The company commander, Captain Walter Boomer, hoisted the large dog up. Message dogs were among the most highly trained and loyal, and would run messages quietly between two handlers.

Finally there were the Mine dogs or “M-dogs,” which worked to find booby traps and landmines. Soldiers who worked closely with these dogs in.

The buildup of American forces in Vietnam created large dog sections at USAF Southeast Asia (SEA) bases; dogs were eventually assigned to Bien Hoa, Binh Thuy, Cam Ranh Bay, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Phù Cát, Phan Rang, Tan Son Nhut, and Pleiku Air Bases.

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Witt and other military dog handlers from Vietnam lobbied Congress to change the rules and bring dogs back to America once their service in a war zone is over. InPresident Bill Clinton signed legislation that now ensures all military dogs are treated like true veterans.

Military Working Dog Capa. Ten-year-old Military Working Dog Capa has been awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal for meritorious service, was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Japan while serving as an explosives/patrol working dog, and was tasked to provide security for four missions protecting the.

Army Colonel David Rolfe's military career has gone to the dogs. As director of the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Program based here, Rolfe and his staff are responsible for the health and welfare of some of the most unheralded members of the fighting force: its estimated 2, working dogs.

Rrobiek, a Belgian Malinois military working dog, and his handler, Army Staff Sgt. Charles Ogin, 3rd Infantry Regiment, practice bite training after work in Baghdad, Feb. 14,   For example, the difference between Military Working Dogs and Contract Working Dogs (CWDs) which are, as Bill Childress, the Marine Corps MWD program manager, explained it to.

WAR DOGS of VIETNAM - Page 2 They Gave Their Lives For The U.S. Then Were Left Behind In Vietnam: Vietnam was to become the longest war ever fought by the American armed forces and certainly one of the U.S. most unpopular. For almost ten years, we sent our young men and women to serve, fight and died along side each other without the full support of a country, whose flag they served.

In the pale light he could make out a pack of stray dogs, which had caught their scent and were now zeroing in on his military working dog, Rex. Dowling managed to. “By helping locate enemy positions, engage the enemy, and sniff out deadly IEDs and hidden weapons, military dogs have saved countless lives in the fight for freedom.

I consider it a moral responsibility to support America’s veterans and military working dogs, both during their service and in retirement.”. It has been said that some 4, dogs served in various capacities in Vietnam, and that they had saved more t American lives during the conflict.

Scout dogs were used to track enemy troops, sniff out ammo stashes, mines, booby traps, trails, and other enemy actions. Sentry dogs, of course, were vital to guarding the perimeters of our military installations. After working with new handlers, most Vietnam war dogs that survived combat either were euthanized or given to the South Vietnamese Army, according to the U.S.

War Dog. The war dog association believes that as many as 4, dogs served in Vietnam but records from the early years of the war are incomplete so it is impossible to say for certain. King was stationed as a military policeman at Lockbourne Air Force Base (now known as Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base) in Columbus, Ohio, when a commanding officer.

The breed represented is a German Shepherd Dog, the most common breed to serve in Vietnam. A committee of Vietnam veterans, including war. Inthe U.S. Army trained sniffer dogs and their human companions to track down guerrillas in Vietnam.

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