The Dogs of War
On one of our travels around the Da Nang
area seeking out stories and photos for release Steve
decided it was time for another story about the scout dogs and
We went over to the Alpha Company, 3rd
MP Battalion to photograph one of the dogs with their Marine handler.
This first set just didn't show how dangerous
and fearless these dogs were. This dog looked more loveable than
Also it just didn't look real enough. The
Marine is to neatly dressed. I think this shot was arranged by
the battalion Information Officer. I don't remember why the flag
Updated April 24, 2007: Fred Dorr, President
Vietnam Dog Handler Assocation, has sent information about this
photo. This photographer didn't know that this photo was made
into a press release. He also didn't know the story behind the
Release No. 13171
Photo No. 2-0959-69
EARLY WARNING SYSTEM=="REBEL"
a Marine Sentry Dog, alerts on a North Vietnames flag captured
when the dog warned members of the 1st Bn. 26th Marine Reg.
of an enemy position in a treeline 350 yards away. Holding
the dog at bay is his handler, Sgt. William J. Johnson (Highwind,
IL) The dog has been saving marine lives by averting enemy
ambushes in Vietnam since December 1965.
(Official USMC Photo by Cpl. John
(Courtesty of the Marine Corps University Archives, Quantio,