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War Dogs

A resource for information on the U.S. Army’s use of dogs 1942-Present

The Army Quartermaster Corps began the U.S. Armed Forces first war dog training during WWII.  By 1945 they had trained almost 10,000 war dogs for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.   Fifteen War Dog platoons served overseas in World War II. Seven saw service in Europe and eight in the Pacific.  In 1951 the responsibility for training military dogs was given to the Military Police Corps.  Dogs continued to serve the armed forces with distinction in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq and many recent contingency operations.

On May 19, 2003, the 527th Military Police Company of Giessen, Germany use a police dog to search for illegal drugs and weapons during a raid in downtown Baghdad, Iraq (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel T. Dark)