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The Truth About War Dogs

Alene Erlanger The Quartermaster Review March-April 1944 Since the initiation of the War Dog program so much has been said, written, filmed, and even sung about it that War Dogs are now firmly established in the public mind as an integral part of our armed forces. Unfortunately, however, lack of authentic information has led to […]

Quartermaster War Dog Program

A little known, but interesting chapter in Quartermaster History is the War Dog program. During World War II, not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American Kennel Club and a new group calling itself “Dogs for Defense” mobilized dog owners across the country to donate quality animals to the Quartermaster Corps.  Dogs donated […]

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. […]

QM War Dog Platoon is a Combat Unit

Quartermaster Training Service Journal – 7 July 1944 About 4 Feb 44, T/4 Boude with his scout dog, Dick, went out with a Marine reconnaissance patrol of about fifteen men from Co. K.  The mission of the patrol was to locate and reconnoiter a trail through a portion of the island adjacent to Cape Gloucester. […]

The Mules of Mars

1st Lt. Don L. Thrapp, Q.M.C. The Quartermaster Review May-June 1946 MOST people think a Quartermaster has about; as much business in a combat outfit as a steer in a breeding corral, but the QMC is a diversified outfit and its members sometimes find themselves dodging articles other than the proverbial bale of hay. You […]

Last Cavalry Horse Is Historic Symbol

The Pentagram News, Washington D.C. March 24, 1966 CHIEF, the last living cavalry horse still carried on government rolls, was foaled in 1932 and purchased by the Army in 1940 at Ft.Robinson, Neb. In December of 1949 he was placed in semi-retirement and was fully retired at Ft. Riley, Kan., in 1958. In the event […]

Remount!

By MAJOR LEE 0. HILL Q.M.C. Quartermaster Review March-April 1952 Major Lee 0. Hill, Chief, Remount Branch, Field Service Division, OQMG, was born on a ranch in Texas and was at home in the saddle at a very early age. Then he enlisted in the Army he merely transferred the locale of his animal management […]

Remount in Italy

The Quartermaster Review – March/April 1946 The terrain of Italy made the military deployment of animals necessary.  The Germans for many years used the horse successfully in modern warfare. An example of the number used is illustrated by the table of organization for a single German Infantry Division, which calls for 4,000 animals. Horses were […]

The Front Royal Remount Depot

By LT. COLONEL S. C. REYNOLDS, Q. M. C. The Quartermaster Review – September-October 1930 THE Front Royal Remount Quartermaster Depot is situated about two miles southeast of Front Royal, Virginia on the slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Depot was acquired by an Act of Congress, March 13, 1911, and was officially organized […]

The Remount Service Past and Present

By Major A. A. CEDERWALD, QM-Res. The Quartermaster Review – November-December 1928 IN TRACING the events that led up to the organization of the Remount Service, as we know it today, it seems desirable, purely as an historical recital, to state briefly the efforts made by the authorities of the War Department during a long […]