Caption: "Out on patrol, USMC war dogs alert their handlers to the possible presence of Japanese forces in the nearby jungle. While many Marines were skeptical of the War Dog program at first, the dogs quickly proved their worth, and became an essential part of the jungle fighting on Bougainville."
Private First Class Fred Muscard and "Lux", Okinawa, April 1945 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr. The caption on this photograph reads "Knight of the Bath-His rifle in easy reach and his constant companion on the alert, Marine Private First Class Fred Muscard of Springfield, Mass., lathers up for a once over at Motobu Beach, Okinawa. The Doberman-Pinscher “Lux”, and his handler are members of a Marine Corps War Dog Platoon."
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Lee, master at arms, and Petty Officer 1st Class Valdo, working dog, sleep on a hospital floor in Kandahar. Valdo and Lee both were wounded by shrapnel in a rocket propelled grenade attach in Bala Murghab District, Badghis Province, on April 4, 2011. Both Lee and Valdo were awarded Purple Heart medals. Valdo fully recovered after five surgeries, served another year, then retired and now lives with Lee in New Jersey. (USAF/Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace
Lucca, the military working dog who lost her leg while on morning patrol in Afghanistan, is currently enjoying her retirement in Finland. She will be riding our "Canines with Courage" Rose Parade float, which is honoring military working dogs throughout the country.
Here's something you don't see every day: a soldier dog for the Norwegian military! This beauty's name is Norma. Handler Mikkel Bugge sent us this pic of the two of them because "I am very proud of my dog and the duty she serves. She has been a soldier dog since she was born, and i just wanted to share the picture so Norma could get some notice for the work and training she does for the Norwegian military."