Did you know that over 4,000 military dogs served in Vietnam? Mostly German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers, they served as scouts, sentries, trackers, and patrol dogs. Collectively, these dogs were involved in over 90,000 missions, which was estimated to have prevented nearly 10,000 human casualties.
The K-9 Corps is also recognized for finding more that 2,000 Viet Cong bunkers, secret tunnels, and countless booby traps. These teams of dogs were so effective, that the Viet Cong began placing cash bounties on the dogs and their handlers.
Only a handful of the original 4,000 ever made it home. Handlers repeatedly requested that their dogs be repatriated, but the Government refused - deeming the dogs 'surplus material'. So, in their haste to leave Vietnam, only about 500 dogs were given to the South Vietnamese, and the rest were euthanized.
These dogs were soldiers and should have been given the same respect as their human counterparts. Their lives and service will always be remembered in the hearts of all those who served with them - On point, and forever forward.
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