WWII Canine Heroes

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U.S. Army launches Canine Units

On March 13, 1942, the Quartermaster Corps (QMC) of the United States Army begins training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps.”

Well over a million dogs served on both sides during WWI, carrying messages along the complex network of trenches and providing some measure of psychological comfort to the soldiers. The most famous dog to emerge from the war was Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs found in France in 1918.

When the country entered WWII in December 1941, the American Kennel Association and a group called Dogs for Defense began a movement to mobilize dog owners to donate healthy and capable animals to the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army. Training began in March 1942, and that fall the QMC was given the task of training dogs for the U.S. Navy…

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9 thoughts on “WWII Canine Heroes”

  1. I just love Pacific paratroopers stories. They are are best window that I have seen to wars in a very long time.

    1. Yes, they are good – more than just the photos – he researches some and others are submitted to him by relatives of veterans

    2. You deserve every bit of it. Your contribution to the history of our century would live far and beyond all of our times, providing a window of the past to the future generations.

    3. Mr. Smith’s contributions and his Pacific Paratrooper blog are excellent; glad I found him and am able to share his valuable work.

  2. Thank you for sharing this Ned. It is so good to know that these wonderful animals will also be remembered!!

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