Category Archives: US Marines

Marine hero dog and handler reunite

  The last time Marine Sergeant Daniel Cornier saw his K9 partner Darko, the Belgian Malinois was sticking his nose through the bars of his kennel at Camp Pendleton, looking as devastated as Cornier felt. “It was horrible for both of us. He just knew,” says Cornier. That was in late 2012, not long after they…

Vietnam Marine Has Been Looking for Dog Handler for 40+ Years; Can You Help?

Can you help this Marine find a dog handler he was wounded with in 1968? (Tragically, the dog, Wolf, was KIA that day.) It would mean the world to him. He has been trying to no avail for more than four decades. The handler’s nickname was probably “Heck.” Please read on for more details. I’ll…

Dispatches from Helsinki: Hero Dog Amputee Reunites With First Handler

There’s nothing like a reunion, especially with a military dog who saved your life – and the lives of many others – on numerous occasions during dangerous deployments. After too many months apart, you wonder if the dog will even recognize you, much less be happy to see you. Last week, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Chris…

This Military Dog Knows Where it Hurts (OUCH)

When you see a photo like this, you cringe first, ask questions later. So that’s what I did. When Marine combat correspondent and photojournalist Cpl. Aaron Diamont sent me this photo, I winced for the poor Marine who’s being chomped on by military working dog Bernie, at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Then…

Marine Dog Handler’s Wedding Gift Registry: A Ghostly Reminder of Memorial Day’s Oft-Forgotten Heroes

The items on the Bed, Bath & Beyond wedding gift registry of Brittany Dygert and U.S. Marine Corps military working dog handler Corporal Keaton Coffey are those of an optimistic young couple launching their new, happy life together. The gifts are simple, functional, and basic. You could almost picture the couple’s future home life together…

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….

Photo: A Marine Dog and His Men

I love this photo. What a good, loyal, patient dog, like most military working dogs. But such a sad, somber occasion – the loss of three Explosive Ordnance Disposal members. (I found this on the excellent Facebook page of Military Working Dogs.)