Category Archives: US Army

A Portrait of Rip V541: From Family Dog to WWII Hero to Handler’s Beloved Adopted Dog

In World War II, when the US war dog program was in its infancy, it depended almost entirely on people donating their dogs to the fight. I can’t imagine what it was like to say good-bye to the family dog – even in a time when dogs had a slightly different status in most homes…

10 fascinating, sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes funny things you may not know about military dogs

  Until the now-famous Navy SEAL Team Six raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound last year, most people had no idea that dogs are a vital part of the military. But these four-legged heroes have saved tens of thousands of lives since World War II, when the U.S. embarked on its military working dog program….

The Paw of a Gentle Giant, the Boot of the Handler Who Loved Him

A dog’s paw, a sergeant’s boot. “He had huge feet, a huge heart,” Army Sgt. Amanda Ingraham told me of her former military working dog, Rex, a noble, gentle giant of a German Shepherd. (Photo courtesy of Army Sgt. Amanda Ingraham. You can learn Rex’s story in Soldier Dogs.)