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10 photos of war dogs

Thursday December 6th, 2012

By DogTime

On Sunday, December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Despite America’s efforts to remain out of the conflict that ravaged Europe and much of the world, the action promptly brought the United States into World War II. The war ended with Japan’s surrender on September 2, 1945.

In addition to the men and women who served in uniform, war dogs also played various roles in the conflict. Whether it was transporting messages or supplies, detecting traps and poison gas, or helping hunt down the enemy, their contributions shouldn’t be overlooked.

A national monument to honor war dogs opened in San Antonio, Texas, in 2013.

Here are 10 dog photos culled from the Internet that show dogs and their service during World War II in the Pacific and European Theaters of Operation.
A dog carries rations, another wears a gas maskA Doberman watches over a sleeping soldier in a foxholeA dog with a soldier on patrolA soldier in Okinawa gets some sleep with a dog.A U.S. soldier and his dog on guard dutyA dog and a pilot sitting on the nose of a fighter planeGuam 1943: A dog is treated for wounds.Soldiers returning homeA soldier on patrol with a U.S. soldierA mascot for the U.S. 8th Air Force

For more on dogs and the invaluable role they played in World War II (and other conflicts), check out the following books:

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