A Soldier's Best Friend in Diverse Roles
The American volunteer response was so swift that by March of that same year the Quartermaster Corps began inducting dogs as service animals. Their training was completed at numerous special camps across the U.S. There was some initial difficulty in structuring how and where these dogs received their training, but they were eventually schooled for duty as Sentry, Scout/Reconnaissance, Sled/Pack, Messenger, or Mine Detection dogs.
Dogs on All Fronts
The dense vegetation and topography made visual detection a challenge without modern technology like satellite imaging or infrared. With a well-trained scout dog and handler taking point, a patrol would be alerted to enemy movement and any ambushes. Some dogs were even trained to detect booby traps like trip wires and pitfalls. It’s been recorded that no patrol that had a scout dog ever came under fire without at least a few moments notice. The dogs and their handlers gained valuable field intelligence during every maneuver. These dogs are credited with saving countless infantry lives.
Awards and Recognition
The QMC released certificates for dogs who were discharged from service or were killed in action.
After the War
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