Sunday, May 24, 2009

Dear God, bring to rest our fallen warriors & watch over those we have in harms' way...

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation's gratitude—the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan. ~General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

Please take the time to remember our dogs of war. They gave so much for so little in return.


In all previous wars we brought home our highly trained military dogs to retire with their handler or to continue to serve EXCEPT for Vietnam. When our military was ordered out of Nam our dogs were tied to camp poles and left to watch the soldiers they loved and protected walk away and not look back. Those dogs were considered to be excess baggage.

What happened to those dogs? Most were starved to death, used for target practice or skinned alive and eaten by the Viet Cong who considered them to be a delicacy. Rumor has it that those who weren't tied, or confined, ran behind planes, waited patiently beneath helicopters for their orders, and then, when they were completely exhausted, went back to their last camp and held vigil, patiently, for their handler to come back. (If you would like to learn more, click on the War Dog graphic. It will take you to a very sobering site.) Out of 3,000 war dogs in Vietnam, about 200 came home.

More war dogs and additional information can be found at my dog's blog, Loving for a Living.

God bless America
God bless our troops

10 comments:

Angel said...

Thank you for the memorial Day tribute.

Bruce said...

Today I will be thinking about all the soldiers and war dogs who have fought for my freedom. Thank you for reminding everyone to not take this freedom for granted.

THE ZOO said...

Happy Memorial Day.

Zoolatry said...

Truly a wonderful tribute today. We did not know of the War Dogs, this is a very tragic and sad story, but knowing will help us to take time to honor them and the loving service they gave to so many.

Furkidsmom said...

Beautiful post! Happy Memorial Day.


Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Elin said...

Nice entry today :)

Tristan and Crikey said...

How moving. Thank you for reminding us of the animals who also serve and give their lives.

pughy said...

I didn,t know about those war dogs. What a truly moving post today. So sad.. Heartbreaking.

Hugs GJ xx

JB's Big World said...

That was a very nice tribute.
Thanks for stopping by to visit us!
--JB

Katie said...

I did not know about this - it is very sad, those poor dogs! Thank you for writing this post - I am sure many people are thinking about those doggies today and hoping they are at the bridge, with peace and happiness.