Wednesday, May 22, 2013

American troops treat a wounded dog on Orote Pennisula. W.Eugene Smith. 1944

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On Guam, First Lieutenant William R. Putney commanded the 1st Dog Platoon and was the veterinarian for all war dogs on Guam. First Lieutenant William T. Taylor commanded the 2d Platoon. Both landed on the Asan-Adelup beach on Guam, while the 1st Platoon under Gunnery Sergeant L. C. Christmore landed with the 1st Provisional Brigade at Agat.

"The information has reached me that the Army are using watchdogs in connection with guard duty. I should like to volunteer the service of my dog Prince. Money could not buy this dog, but if the army can use him, please send shipping instructions"

Just like most of the men they served with, these dogs were loyal, hardworking creatures that spent the best years of their life doing the nation's dirty work- few were ever the same. They were good dogs. All of them.

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