Dogs have been a part of military life for as long as there have been armies. Many famous commanders have had mascot dogs and the common soldier has had dog companions as part of camp life. A dog is man's best friend even when the man is a soldier.
Mascots of a U.S. Signal Service company somewhere in India, 1942. Soldier is identified as PFC Norman Diamond of Brooklyn, NY.
Today in WW II: 22 Feb 1942 President Roosevelt orders Gen. Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines to Australia as American defense of the Philippines fails. More↓
Organized use of dogs for military purposes began before World War I when dogs were used as messengers, sentry and patrol as well as for other tasks. During World War II the U.S. military put dogs to work in both the Pacific and Europe. Working dogs were used heavily in the Vietnam war and continue with important durites today, with emphasis on sentry/guard duty and anti-terrorist explosives detection.
War Dogs on Olive-Drab.com
This section of Olive-Drab.com is organized with these pages of information and photos about dogs in the military:
War Dogs (1999)
, Discovery Channel program about Military Working Dogs in Vietnam
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