If you are the winner of this auction, A tax deductible receipt will be available for your kind donation from the animal shelter if requested. And now I myself will contribute to the up keep of those war memorials. This content was written by Sandy Moyer. But for all the work, the military puts into training the dogs, federal law ties the military's hands in protecting the canines afterward. At first I thought 'oh just another Vietnam war docu. His handler makes the pivotal decision to fire and seconds later, enemy bullets and grenades rain violently down on the soldiers. They even jumped out of planes with their handlers landing safely with parachutes.
Strange how you find these things, just flicking through the channels one boring Saturday morning last week and I came across it. K-9 Soldiers : Vietnam and After This is John C. They are in the thick of war and unflinchingly put their lives on the line. Even though I'm not American and was born after the Vietnam war, I began feeling a great sense of pride in these guys as if they had been my own uncles or my dad. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. It is a day of speeches and parades and gravesite visitations.
The dog died on February 21, 1957; she was 14 years old. I have never seen a documentary that actually made me feel and cry for the people, and dogs so much. Goldenson Theatre, at 7 p. It provides an eye-opening look at unsung canine heroes. Ignoring John's order to leave him on the battlefield, Bruiser drags John to safety while taking two rounds in the process. Disappointed because I couldn't contribute to them but also thrilled that the memory of the men and their war dogs had finally been honoured.
In the evening news we see bomb sniffing dogs helping law enforcement with the monumental task of securing public places. We believe the war dogs would approve of this kind of effort using funds from the sale of this patch to make a donation of food in their honor. A majority of the dogs were euthanized. But as he talked to the 250 others in attendance, he realized the power of what they shared. A second was installed at Fort Benning, Georgia.
The ugly side of the story is one where a great number of the devoted dogs which had defended their troops and saved countless lives were left for the North Vietnamese who found a dog as a delectable menu item. Dogs were typically trained in specialties; some could detect enemy personnel, others booby traps, mines, tunnels, or weapon caches — all to protect their troops and handlers. Later, galvanized by the attention earned through the documentary, Vietnam War dog handlers began to call for change. So any potential adopters would have to pay huge fees, many times in the thousands of dollars to pay those bills. Kaiser and Salazar did more than 30 combat patrols and participated in 12 major operations together. There were 10,000 soldiers in Vietnam like Burnam, accompanied by these intelligent, adaptable scout dogs.
I remember it like it was yesterday, and will never forget the images of Americans pulling out of Viet Nam and fleeing on helicopters and ships, no dogs allowed. Bruiser suddenly stops dead in his tracks, his nose up and ears twitching — signaling that the enemy was near. However there is little or no mention of them on Memorial Day in the speeches or in the parades. John Kubisz, a veterinarian serving with the 764th Veterinary Detachment in Vietnam. In the 1960's, however, policies changed regarding America's War Dogs.
Austin organized the War Dog program. Kaiser was the first war dog killed in action during the. A group called Dogs for Defense began immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor to promote the use of logs in the military. The documentary created public awareness and sparked long overdue public support for a tribute to the forgotten heroes. All they had to worry about was when to go to the bathroom. The two came under enemy fire: and the took a round to his eye, and Throneburg was shot in the shoulder after killing two guerillas. Hopefully soon this legislation will be passed so that these long forgotten canine war heroes will be given the only reward they really want - that of a loving home.
To help, you can send a A policy of euthanizing military dogs when they become ill or too old to serve continued until November 6, 2000, when a law was passed stipulating an adoption alternative to the military's euthanasia tradition. Today is Memorial Day in the U. After full mobilization in Vietnam, American soldiers in all branches of the military relied upon the dogs to combat the unconventional guerilla warfare fought by the Viet Cong. In fact, a dog can have up to 225 million olfactory receptors in their nose — the part of their brain devoted to scent is 40 times greater than that of a human. The third remains in storage, Bennett said. This programme made me think about friendship and loyalty, and I ask anyone who wants to check their moral compass or just check what friendship really means, see this.
There are also many forgotten canine heroes. Specially trained War dogs were directly responsible for saving the lives of thousands of soldiers during these wars. Anyone who has ever loved a dog will love this salute to these four-legged heroes. Now the dogs working in Iraq and Afghanistan will have a chance to find comfortable homes when they return from. Stubby is remembered today: the -centric website, , is named after him, as is the. Many a tired soldier could get a good night sleep on the battlefront with his dog staying awake on guard and alert all night! Yet, only a few of these dogs returned to America at the close of the war. The bureaucracy involved can be maddening also, often a year of red tape and unanswered phone calls.