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Kurt the Doberman.

Kurt was a Doberman that landed on Guam in WWII on July 23, 1944. The next day Kurt led Marines climbing the hill above the beachhead. It was a crucial moment, as the Americans were trying to secure a foothold on the island. Kurt set out, zigzagging in front of the troops with his handler, […]

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Lucky The Doberman.

One of the Doberman Pinchers used by the Marines in the Pacific in WWII was “Lucky”. He was used, like many of the other Dobermans, to locate Japanese snipers using the dogs’ smell, hearing and vision. During one successful mission where multiple snipers were located, Lucky’s handler was wounded. Lucky stayed beside him until he […]

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Dobermans in Action in the Pacific, Part 2.

Although Doberman Pinchers started out as the Marines’ official combat dog, by the end of WWII they were replaced by German Shepherds (see my blog Dobermans Flunk Out of the War). An example of why Dobies were dropped is the experience of Clarence Rea when out on a mountain night patrol on Saipan. The dog […]

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Dobermans in Action in the Pacific.

Although Doberman Pinchers were the Marines first choice, they proved to be unsuitable as a combat dog in WWII. Their replacement had to do with Dobermans not being fierce and fearless enough in combat. But in some situations they did prove useful. In 1944 Jim McEnery served in New Guinea (the same place Smoky the […]

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Dobermans Flunk Out of the War.

Although Doberman Pinchers started out as the Marines’ official combat dog, by the end of WWII German Shepherds had replaced Dobermans as the preferred breed. The problem was said to be that Dobermans were a thinking breed, so could alter their behavior based on their experience. For example, they might avoid following an order when […]

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Dobermans go to War.

In my blog about King Mickey, I told the story of a Marine Corps bulldog during World War II. Bulldogs aren’t the only dog with ties to the Marines. In WWII the Marines needed dogs for combat as “scouts” on patrol or as sentries when dug in, to warn our troops of the approach of […]

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