Military-Working-Dogs

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
(USCG Photo)

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Soldiers’ Angels
“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

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.

Zeus, a U.S. Air Force military working dog assigned to the 97th Security Forces Squadron, waits for commands from his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Wesley Cox, during obedience training at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., Nov. 25, 2013. (Dod photo by Senior Airman Lausanne Genuino/Released)

since its snowing here (already six inches) here is a picture of a happy dog in the snow. 

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. (USMC Photo by Sgt. Roger A. Paul) 1971

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GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT

Trust in me my friend, for I am your comrade.

I will protect you with my last breath

When all others have left you

And the loneliness of the night closes in,

I will be at your side.

 

Together we will conquer all obstacles

And search out those who might wish to harm others.

All I ask of you is compassion,

The caring touch of your hands.

It is for you I will selflessly give my life

And spend my nights unrested.

 

Although our days together

May be marked by the passing of the seasons,

Know that each day at your side is my reward.

My days are measured by

The coming of your footsteps.

I anticipate them at the opening of the door.

 

You are the voice when I am ill.

The voice of authority over me when I have done wrong.

Do not chastise me unduly

For I am your right arm,

The sword at your side.

 

I attempt to do only what you bid of me.

I seek only to please you and remain in your favor.

Together you and I shall experience

A bond only others like you will understand.

When others see us together

Their envy will be measured by their disdain.

 

I will quietly listen to you

And pass no judgment,

Nor will your spoken words be repeated.

I will remain ever silent,

Ever vigilant, ever loyal.

And when our time together is done

And you move on in the world,

Remember me with kind thoughts and tales.

For a time we were unbeatable,

Nothing passed among us undetected.

If we should ever meet again on another field

I will gladly take up your fight.

I am a military working dog and together

We are guardians of the night.