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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 966 times:

This is a tribute to all the German Sheppards that served in the Vietnam war!
Not many give these dogs the credit they really deserve.
They saved many US soldiers life, but you never hear anything about this.
I'm a doginstructor, and have worked with German Sheppards for about 12 years. I know how lojal these dogs are to there owners. They never complain, just do what they have been trained to do.
The sad thing is that the US gouvernment were afraid of viruses when the dogs were about to go back to US, so they did put most of them "to sleep".
Or left them behind in Vietnam.
This was the price the dogs had to pay for serving there nation!
The soldiers who worked and lived together with these dogs were heartbroken by the fact that there dogs were left behind, or got an "injection".
For some of you this might look like nothing, but to me it's a very big deal.

only post here if you think these dogs deserve some attention.



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User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 927 times:

That's sad that they weren't brought back home...

I recall watching a movie a long time ago called Chips the War Dog or something. It was a slow-moving movie, but I think it portrayed a German Shepard "war dog".



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User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 917 times:

My dad who was in Vietnam, has told me stories about these dogs. Seems they were also quite the target of the locals, who would try to steal them. Most of the time they would end up as a free dinner Sad


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User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 910 times:

We as a nation should be totally embarrassed for what we did to all of these loyal animals. They asked nothing except to be of service to the man they were paired with. They fought beside the guys, they alerted more that once to keep him from being blown apart by a land mine, they did anything asked of them. How did we repay them? Leaving them in a nation that would just as soon eat them, to many Vietnamese, dogs are food not pets as they are here. Not to critisize those people, it is just a fact of life. I don't know about the rest of you, but when the Viet Nam wall was built, there should have been a panel of that wall erected with the names of the dogs that served over there engraved on it. They were just as much members of the armed forces as any human, if it weren't for them, there would have been many more name engraved on the wall. Do any of you out there have any ideas on how we as a group can get something like this started?

User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 905 times:

we can't forget Corporal Cupcake from M*A*S*H i know that's korea but still  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 900 times:

Skyhawk.....

I'm with you on this!
To do something for these dogs would just be human. Scares me that they were just forgotten. Nobody took a f***ing minute to salute them!
What a shame.



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User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 898 times:

Didn't the dogs get left behind because they had tons of parasites from Vietnam?

That's what I've heard, but still... you could give those real good dogs a nice delousing and that would take care of a lot of the problems.


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 899 times:

That was indeed the given reason.
But it is bogus, as quarantine and preventitive medication could have cured them of that easily. Their handlers would (most of them) have been more than happy to help in the operation and funding of such an operation, but they were not given the chance.
Someone, somewhere, had decided there was no place for dogs (probably on the basis of some report saying that the dogs were trained killers and could never become safe to keep as pets) and that was it.



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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 895 times:

Flyboeing.......

You are in a way correct.
But the reason was that they were afraid of that they had got parasites.
There was no proof of that they really had any parasites.
But leaving the dogs behind were alot "easier" then to deal with it.



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User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 879 times:

The dogs more than likely DID have parasites. Our vets here may have thought that they couldn't deal with it since the parasite waas coming from a foreign country. As far as being trained killers is concerned, that is crap since we have that on the streets in the form of police dogs. To me the whole thing boils down to the fact that they(generals and such) wanted the easy way out, leave the dogs over there.

User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 869 times:

Ok, I would like to ask if there is anyone who can help me put a homepage together.
I would like to do it as a celebration to the dogs.
There is one more replyed here that I know of that is interested. Anyone that can help me? Please mail me if so.

If those dogs were trained killers, I have trained alot of dogs to become Killers over the years.
What I can tell you about this, is that policedogs and securitydogs have a strong confident mind. So the last thing they are is "killers". Sure, they have the power, but they are trained to know when to use it. And that's a big different!



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