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War Dog Training Center Coast Guard and Army
War Dog Training Center Coast Guard and Army

Front Royal, Virginia 1942
Photo supplied by Christine Roberts

U.S. Marine Sgt. Harold “Hank” Edward Byers and Prince, 3x92
U.S. Marine Sgt. Harold “Hank” Edward Byers and Prince, 3x92

Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, 1966

Photo supplied by Karen A George, in tribute to her stepfather, US Marine
Sgt. Harold E Byers, and his love for U.S. Marine Canine, Prince 3x92

Sgt. Byers was assigned as Prince's handler in August, 1967. Prince spent his first tour of duty in Vietnam working in the Cho Lai area guarding land-to-air missile sites, ammo dumps, and jet and helicopter airfields. Later Prince was assigned to handler Corporal McCafferty who wrote the following report, dated July 12, 1968, quoted from the journal of Sgt Byers...

"When we again moved out, we has progressed no further than 200 meters when we came under small enemy firearms. We held up and air strike were called in. These lasted for approximately 45 minutes. The platoon commander asked if Prince and I would lead a recon patrol into this area to check the enemy situation. We had moved out approximately 200 yards to our right front. I notified the patrol leader that NVA Soldiers were spotted running from the brush towards a building. We immediately took them under fire. We were notified by the radio to pull back. As we moved back, Prince again alerted to my left flank. An NVA jumped up from a bush about 20 feet away. Prince leapt for him just as he fired. The enemy round caught Prince in the chest, killed him instantly. He saved my life. I picked up Prince and carried him back to out lines. I requested a MedEvac chopper to take Prince out, but because of the intense fighting going on around us, none were available. I was order to bury Prince on the battlefield with all of his gear, then I forward with the rest of the company."

David Keeton with King - Long Binh Mountain, Vietnam
David Keeton with King - Long Binh Mountain, Vietnam
Photo supplied by sentry dog handler Dave Keeton

War Dogs Video
War Dogs Video

This is a great 70 minute video on War Dogs, it titled "WAR DOGS - AMERICA'S FORGOTTEN HEROES." The untold story of dogs in combat, narrated by Martin Sheen. This is a great video. I will guarantee that this tape will bring a tear to your eye on more than one occasion. It was produced with the help of Natures Choice Dog Food. You can purchase it for $25.00 by calling toll free 877-927-3647. The profits from this video are donated to the War Dog Memorial Fund.

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