Digging the archives, the image above shows the monument commemorating canine contribution to armed forces. The inscription reads, “Twenty-five Marine War Dogs gave their lives liberating Guam in 1944. They served as sentries, messengers, scouts and explored caves, detected mines and booby traps. Their names are inscribed at the War Dog Cemetery monument at the Guam naval base: Kurt, Yonnie, Koko, Bunkie, Skipper, Poncho, Tubby, Hobo Ni, Prince, Fritz, Emmy, Missy, Cappy, Duke, Max, Blitz, Arno, Silver, Brockie, Bursch, Pepper, Ludwig, Rickey, Tam.”
Even after a fortnight, the aftershocks of Abbottabad haven’t yet subsided. It was quite a stir that the stealth mission stimulated around the globe. However neither the celebration recognizing the drawing of final curtains on the face of terror nor the controversy simmering over the alienation of Pakistan from the cohort operation has quite faded.
Amidst all the media brouhaha, there remains our good old friend ─ the dog who helped Navy Seals in the operation! Well, he is not quite in obscurity anymore. There are articles being written about him in The SUN and The New York Times. Here’s saluting our comrade for the gutsy galore!
Image courtesy: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Vince Vander Maarel
The news doing the rounds suggests that the name of the dog is Cairo.
Trained dogs have been braving the militants in Iraq and Afghanistan as well. Coupled with their inherent courage and caped in ballistic body armor, the dogs can survive shrapnel and gunfire. Dogs have proved far better than people or machines at quickly finding bombs. Personally, I detest having animals involved in imbroglio but given the state of the world, we can’t trust humans to ward off terror.
Image courtesy: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmiller
The Sun reports that the trained pooches attack anyone carrying a weapon and have become a pivotal part of special operations as they crawl unnoticed into tunnels or rooms to hunt for enemy combatants. The cameras on their heads beam live TV pictures back to the troops, providing them with critical information and warning of ambushes.
Image Courtesy: Coast Guard photo/PA3 Henry G. Dunphy
Closer home, NDTV reports that the cousins of the special breed canines, which assisted the elite US Navy SEALs in sniffing out Osama bin Laden from his safe haven in Pakistan, will now help Indian security forces in ‘find and fix’ anti-Naxal operations in dense forests and difficult terrains.
And it isn’t all; dogs have always played a pivotal paw in many of such military operations. The operation that led to the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain was also aided by canine support.
After their service is done, most dogs are available for adoption. Loyalty is a quintessential canine trait! Goes on to establish (all over again) that dogs are a comrades’ best friend too!
PS Images are copyrighted by their respective owners. To know more, read Rebecca Frankel’s in depth photo essay on war dogs.