As much as it may seem overused, the expression “dog is
man’s best friend” rings none truer than with military service dogs. Trained to
ignore their very nature, military dogs are taught more than the typical sit,
beg and roll-over commands. They must learn to suppress barks and snarls, to
sniff out danger, and to rely completely on their handlers. In your search for
pet tags, take some time
to learn more about our heroic military dogs, they may just inspire you!
combat training on the lawns of Yale University, Private J. Robert Conroy
happened upon a
with a stub for a tail. Picking him up and enfolding the pup in his
arms, Private Conroy named the brindle creature Stubby, and made the pooch the
official mascot of the 102
nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division. Stubby
went under drill training and was taught how to salute high-ranking officers. Not
wanting to be separated from the little dog, Private Conroy snuck Stubby onto
SS Minnesota when he and the 102
nd Infantry shipped out for France.
After being found out by the Commanding Officer, Private
Conroy was saved from discipline thanks to the respectful salute Stubby gave
the CO. As the 102
nd Infantry marched to the front lines Stubby
marched alongside them. Stubby suffered a mustard gas injury, and after he
fully recovered from his war wounds, he became a mustard gas expert, alerting
his comrades-in-arms of any threat of exposure, but that wasn’t all. On
high-alert, Stubby crossed paths with a German soldier who was mapping out the
Allies’ position. Stubby attacked the German soldier, and did not release the
enemy from his jaws until the Allies were able to recover the soldier and
Stubby. For capturing an enemy, Stubby was promoted to Sergeant.
hungry and cold in a foxhole in New Guinea, Smoky the
was saved by an American soldier and later purchased by Corporal
Bill Wynne. Being a small dog, Smoky fit easily into solider knapsacks, and
with them she traversed the New Guinea jungle. Smoky, thought to be one of the
first-ever therapy dogs, visited and brought comfort to injured soldiers,
boosting morale and raising hope.
A smart and loyal dog, Cpl. Wynne trained Smoky to help in
the Allies’ war effort. Smoky is most known for the military assignment that
had her string 70-feet-long communication wires underground through a network
of pipes. Thanks to Smoky’s efforts, the Allies were able to communicate with
their base uninterrupted by the enemy.
Story: Kaiser’s story starts in 1965 in
Fort Benning, Georgia, where he met his handler, Marine Lance Corporal Alfredo
Salazar. Salazar has said that Kaiser introduced himself to his new partner by
licking his hand, “and from then on we were a team.” After training for some
months, Salazar and Kaiser were sent to the Republic of Vietnam, where they
were involved in some dozen major military operations and participated in over 30
After joining “D” Company, First Marines, 3rd.
Marine Division for a search and destroy mission, Salazar and Kaiser were ambushed
and hit by enemy fire. Salazar survived the attack, but Kaiser was mortally
wounded. In one last act of affection, Kaiser went to lick Salazar’s hand, and
then died. Kaiser was the first Marine Scout Dog to be killed in action in the
Republic of Vietnam, and as tribute to his bravery, the Marines named their
camp “Camp Kaiser,” in the loving memory of their favorite German Shepard.
Name: Toby L024
Story: Toby received expert training as a Specialized
and traveled to Afghanistan with his partner, Army Specialist
Thomas J. Jackson, for an 11-month deployment in the worst part of the country.
Toby was one of the lead dogs who with his human partner led regular combat
patrol missions looking for Taliban insurgents and bombs. Toby regularly saved
the lives of his combat patrol by sniffing out RPG caches and explosives. He
even once found a 250-pound guided bomb that had failed to explode.
Toby was most appreciated for his determination to not let
any of his comrades walk into danger. In the middle of a raid on a Taliban
house, Toby entered the house first, as was his job. But instead of letting his
team enter after him, Toby sat down at the front door, not letting anyone enter
the building, even his handler. The patrol called the bomb squad and learned
that the house had been wired to explode at their entrance, Toby saved all of
their lives that day.
In honor of these heroic pups, give your dog a tighter hug,
and maybe an extra scoop of kibble at dinner. You might get them new pet tags
too, just to show your appreciation. For a great selection on doggie
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