Honoring the Dogs of War: Scouts, Guards, Companions

During wartime, canines have run telephone cable over dangerous terrain, acted as scouts and kept soldiers in the trenches company. For Veteran's Day, it's worth recognizing the contributions of dogs alongside their human partners.

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During wartime, canines have run telephone cable over dangerous terrain -- like Floss, a defense dog, above, who ran over bomb-laden land in two-minutes without stopping. Dogs have acted as scouts and guard dogs, carried ammunition and kept soldiers in the trenches company. For Veteran's Day, in addition honoring to the humans who have kept the country safe, it's worth recognizing the contributions of the canine partners who go to war as well.
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Lt. Joseph Leroy of San Diego, California, holds the mascot of the 35th fighter interceptor wing in Korea on April 16, 1951, in a F-51 mustang. Some Air Force men found the dog in Japan, named him Admiration and taken him with them across Korea with his pilot pals.
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U.S. Marines and their scout dog search for Viet Cong in the battle zone 20 miles Southwest of Da Nang, Vietnam, Feb. 5, 1967.
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This dog, who fell in line during a review of the oldest U.S. Army division with a continuous history, steps along briskly in the Central Pacific on September 29, 1943.
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A dog handler with the U.S. 173rd airborne brigade and his dog take a cooling swim in near Saigon Oct. 1, 1967. Both had just returned from a patrol and leaped into the water.
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A U.S. Marine is seen as he chats with his scouting dog in Guam, in August 1944, during World War II. The dogs were used to track down Japanese soldiers hidden in caves or jungle strongholds, and for running messages.
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Mark jumps over a fence as he carries ammunition with an outfit in Great Britain on Sept. 3, 1941.
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A scout dog, fighting against a strong current, swims across a muddy stream during operation west of Saigon on Sept. 13, 1968. His handler uses cable to work his way across.
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U.S. Adviser Lt. Col. Burr M. Willey of Ayer, Mass., moves up Route 13 with a South Vietnamese army unit, May 19, 1972. Willey was followed by his faithful dog Moose. The two were killed a month later during a rocket attack.
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Trix the Collie was trained to guard restricted areas, airports and various dumps of the 9th Air Force service command. The military police dogs like Trix were also trained to hunt snipers. Here, Trix guards Pfc. Robert F. Young, of 805-2nd St. Lancaster, Ohio, in a foxhole.
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Mark, a German shepherd dog, acts as an ammunition carrier in the Eastern Command area of Great Britain on Sept. 3, 1941. Mark was on active service from November 1939 to June 1940.
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Jack the dog was officially commended for carrying an important message under attack, and for injuries he got in action. Shown with Prc. Paul J. Castracane and Gordon J. Wortman, Jan. 23, 1944.
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