“Their courage cannot be matched. Their Loyalty to Protect our Country is amazing. They fight to protect the Freedom of Americans they have never met. Many have fallen along this journey; they are the Heroes that are engraved in my soul. It is in pure humility that I salute them.” ~Derek Clark
A boxed Devil Dog:
Off the shores of Guam, Coast Guardsmen and Marines handle a “Devil Dog” with care as they transfer the war dog from a Coast Guard landing barge to an LVT. He is boxed because he is trained for battle and apt to go after any and all but his own handler. 1944
‘Lex’, a German shepherd whose trainer, 20-year-old Marine Cpl. Dustin J. Lee, died in a mortar attack in Falluja in 2007. 'Lex’, who had played with and slept alongside Cpl. Lee throughout their service, was also injured in the attack; the dog at first refused to leave Dustin’s side and had to be pulled away. Lee’s family lobbied extensively for the Marines to retire 'Lex’ before the customary age of 10, and 'Lex’ lived with the Lees at their home in rural Mississippi until his death from cancer on March 25, 2012. Honor The Fallen. Military Working Dogs. Semper Fi. 🇺🇸
Cpl. Ural Hunter and his sentry dog “Fritz” take the point position as Combined Action Platoon 2-3-3 begins another day of patrolling near Vieh Hao. Cpl. Hunter has been working as point man with several CAP units for the last eight months. 1971.“
(USMC Photo by Sgt. Roger A. Paul. Source: mcu.usmc.mil)
**Cpl. Ural Hunter survived the war and died on January 16, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was 84 years old.