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During World War II, Marine dogs "led over 550 patrols on Guam alone, and encountered enemy soldiers on over half of them, but were never once ambushed," wrote William W. Putney, C.O. of the 3rd War Dog Platoon.

Ben Kuroki, from Hershey, Nebraska, - flew a total of 58 combat missions during World War II, During World War II, he became one of only a handful of Japanese-Americans to see air combat, and was America’s only Nisei (child of Japanese immigrant parents) to see duty over mainland Japan.

War Dogs of Vietnam, Nearly 4000 dogs served in Vietnam and saved up to 10,000 American servicemen through their scouting and sentry duties. When withdrawing from Vietnam in 1973, the military sadly classified the dogs as surplus equipment to be left behind during evacuation! Many dogs were left with South Vietnamese allies who were afraid of the dogs and didn't know how to handle them.

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The Loyal Dogs Who Served Alongside Human Soldiers In War

U.S. paratrooper Sgt. James R. Cone, holds a puppy that nipped him as he groped about in a cave entrance on a river bank in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, July 1966

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World War II Photo Essay

Marine and his dog sleep on rocks, Okinawa, 1945

World War II "girls" with their Airedales. These Airedales were used in World War II as sentry (guard) dogs. This photo most likely is English. Members of the Women Auxiliary Territorial Services cared for the dogs and exercised them; although the actual training was done by men (remember, this was in the forties)

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Photos: The Pacific and Adjacent Theaters in WWII

March 16, 1945: A U.S. Marine approaches a Japanese soldier on Iwo Jima, Japan during World War II. The Japanese soldier was buried for 1 1/2 days in this shell hole playing dead and ready with a live grenade inches away from his hand. The Marines feared he might be further booby trapped underneath his body after knocking the grenade to the bottom of the shell hole. Promising no resistance, the prisoner is given a cigarette he asked for and was dragged free from the hole. (AP Photo) #