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Canines have served man since they were first domesticated during pre-historic times where they joined mans hunting parties and stood watch over his camps at night As history progressed the bond between man and the dog strengthened eventually they began to accompany man on to the field of battle They are known as mans best friend but are we really their best friends We send them into war and their reward for this is death Barely few know of the brave deeds they did during the wars They are the War Dogs Americas Forgotten Heroes and this is their untold story The role of the canine in modern warfare changed dramatically during World War I when the military began to train dogs to carry messages and first aid supplies to the troops at the front World War II saw the first mass recruitment of dogs through the Dogs For Defense program The donated dogs were trained for Sentry Scout Messenger and Mine detection duty In the island hopping campaigns of the Pacific Theater the United States Marines mostly used Doberman Pincers for scout sentry and patrol duty Sentry Dogs Worked on a short leash and were taught to give warning by growling alerting or barking The sentry dog teams mostly were members of Military Police units and patrolled the perimeters of the Armys bases and installations in Vietnam Scout Dogs In Vietnam Scout Dog Platoons were part of the Infantry Scout Dogs trained to work in silence provided early warning of snipers ambushes mines and booby traps and other enemy forces in the immediate area Scout Dog Teams were normally assigned the point position first in line when on patrol Tracker Dogs Combat Tracker dogs usually Labrador Retrievers were used to track and re-establish contact with the enemy after it had been broken and the
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