The Doberman - Versatility - Military

The Doberman has given no greater gift to man than his dedication to the Marines in World War II.

When United States Marines landed war dogs on Bougainville in the South Pacific, 01 November, 1943, it marked the first use of trained military dogs in combat by the United States. Dobermans, the official U.S. Marine Corps War Dogs, served throughout the South Pacific, courageously leading patrols in the steaming jungles, giving timely warning of the enemy waiting in ambush or hiding in caves, saving untold lives. They guarded exhausted sleeping troops in foxholes by night, preventing infiltration by the foe.

After the war, many of the dogs returned to civilian homes, where, despite their training, not one of them was ever known to have bitten anyone. Attractive targets of an enemy anxious to go undetected, not all the dogs made it home. Some of the dogs made the supreme sacrifice. They lie buried in The War Dog Cemetery on the island of Guam. Their graves are marked with small headstones and a plaque. Source:

The photo shown above was taken by DPCA members Kathy and Jerry Drake who said "My wife and I took this photo at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. The resort was used as a military hospital at the end of World War II, and the attached photo shows the commander of that hospital with his Doberman. The photo was on a wall with a plastic cover, which required taking the photo at an angle due to the flash."

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