Working Dogs have played a vital role in our Nationís military
history. They have battled alongside our brave two-footed
soldiers in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Bosnia,
Afghanistan, and now the War in Iraq. These dogs have also
served, and continue to serve, our peacekeeping missions
around the globe.
the Vietnam War alone, these four-footed soldiers are
estimated to have prevented as many as 10,000 U.S. and allied
forces casualties. These Dogs and their handlers completed
88,000 missions in Vietnam alone, and are directly responsible
for 4,000 enemy kills and over 1,000 enemy captures. Also,
they are credited with exposing at least 2,000 enemy tunnels
side with Houston Labrador Retriever Rescue, I am committed to
honoring the memory of these brave Army, Air Force, Marine and
Navy soldiers just as we have our fellow two-footed soldiers.
-We Will Not Forget Their Sacrifice- We will be the voice for
those who are unable to speak for themselves.
4000 Military Working Dogs were in service during the Vietnam
War. The vast number of War Dogs in Vietnam was
Labrador Retriever Trackers
numbered less than 100 from 1967-1972. But that in no way
diminishes the CTT contribution and that of our tracker Labs.
These dogs were not pets, instead they were highly trained,
four-footed soldiers with duties such as Sentry, Scout, Booby
Trap, Tunnel, Mine, Water Patrol, Coast Guard, Search & Rescue
and Explosives Detection. The Combat Tracker Teams were the
only military specialty during
Vietnam to exclusively utilize Labrador Retrievers. It
was determined that the breed was most suited for human
tracking, although many of the dogs also scouted and avoided
booby traps while performing their primary mission. Although
CTT was small in number it made a significant contribution.
our government classified these brave souls as Expendable
Equipment. At the end of the Vietnam War, roughly 200 Dogs
were reassigned to other military installations, the several
thousand remaining were given over to the South Vietnamese
Army, Euthanized, or worse yet, let loose to fend for
themselves in the jungle!
America spends more money on its pet dogs than any society in
the world. America also is the only major world power to
refuse official acknowledgment to its dogs of war, either
through a memorial in our nation's capitol, or through a
special commemorative stamp. Even a request to plant a small
tree on the grounds of Arlington Cemetery has been denied.
There are no special honorary medals for war dogs (and their
handlers) who serve with valor.
along with Houston Labrador Retriever Rescues efforts in
saving unwanted and abused Labradors, is to preserve the
memory of past, present and future Military Working Dogs
through public education and community relations. This will
serve as an educational and inspirational tool to keep alive
the legacy of these brave souls who are loved so dearly by
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