Honoring the Vietnam war dog teams

Published on February 15, 2005
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The Vietnam Dog Handler Association and the Vietnam Security Police Association have identified many of the sentry, patrol, tracker, scout, and mine dogs that served in Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War era.

Veterans of the Vietnam War have also located more than 2,000 handlers of these military working dogs from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.

The VSPA Web site, www.vspa.com/k9/bases.htm, lists the war dogs and handlers that were assigned to the various military installations. War dog units are also recorded, by military branch, on the VDHA Web site, www.vdhaonline.org.

Veterinarians and technicians helped maintain the dogs' quality of life, but they are absent from the records. Bill Cummings (K9Brutusatgmpexpress [dot] net (K9Brutus[at]gmpexpress[dot]net)) of Hollywood, Md., vice president of the Thailand units of the VDHA, said, "We feel that the only personnel missing are the veterinarians and veterinary technicians that served at these bases and the year in which they so professionally served their country and our working companions."