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Vietnam War Dogs.

Tue Nov 13, 2001 6:10 pm

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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RE: Vietnam War Dogs.

Wed Nov 14, 2001 6:34 am

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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RE: Vietnam War Dogs.

Wed Nov 14, 2001 7:42 am

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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RE: Vietnam War Dogs.

Wed Nov 14, 2001 8:54 am

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?
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RE: Vietnam War Dogs.

Wed Nov 14, 2001 10:16 am

we can't forget Corporal Cupcake from M*A*S*H i know that's korea but still  Big thumbs up
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RE: Vietnam War Dogs.

Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:16 pm


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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RE: Vietnam War Dogs.

Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:28 pm

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.
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RE: Vietnam War Dogs.

Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:49 pm

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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RE: Vietnam War Dogs.

Wed Nov 14, 2001 5:33 pm


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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RE: Vietnam War Dogs.

Thu Nov 15, 2001 7:12 am

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.
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RE: Vietnam War Dogs.

Thu Nov 15, 2001 5:30 pm

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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