II agree except for this: " (The war dogs deployed to Vietnam during that conflict were classified as "surplus equipment" and left behind.)"
Philly, World War I mascot of "Philadelphia's own," 315th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, 1932. See Philly in the exhibition, Wartime: Illustrations by Norman Rockwell, May 24-December 31, 2006 The dog Philly was a good luck charm and decorated veteran with the 315th Infantry Regiment, known as "Philadelphia's own," when it fought in France during World War I. Philly was enlisted as a stray when a member of the 315th picked her up while the troops were training in Maryland, named her Philly, and smuggled her on a troop transport to France. Philly lived in the trenches and on sentinel duty barked at night whenever German troops began their attacks. A German commander went so far as to place a bounty on her head. Philly received two honorary Bronze stars, one for a mustard gas attack and one for a shrapnel wound. At war's end she returned to the United States with the troops and marched in the victory parade in Washington, D.C., in front of President Woodrow Wilson. Philly lived until 1932 in Philadelphia and attended annual regimental reunions, where her favorite foods were liver and cake. In 1998, when the 315th was eliminated in military downsizing, Philly was donated by the regiment to the Philadelphia City History Collection at AKMP.
This post reminded me of this guy:
When my unit was disbanded we had to do a lot of spring cleaning. I was one of the guys that found this dog in one of the closets in the hallway of the unit hall. I hadn't thought about it really until today to see whatever happened to it. I'm glad to see that it was donated to a museum.
Here's a brief history on the dog:
Slightly off thread back in the eighties I was told that dogs came in three types;
Guard dogs, and
Wardogs who were simply let loose in an enclosed compound and would attack anything that entered the area, the psychopath nutters of the canine world of security.
A good read. I didn't know that the yanks deployed dogs to Vietnam either.