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“Cappy” was a Doberman used by the Marines in the liberation of Guam in 1944. It wasn’t certain that Cappy would ever make it as a war dog, as the notes made by his trainers in the U.S. warned future handlers “this dog is gun shy. Not fit for combat duty … Be careful of this dog when under gun fire – he is timid”. This behavior is not uncommon in Dobermans, who typically act like family pets and not fierce war dogs. But Cappy obviously found his niche, as the records show that he was on 6 combat patrols, and was used for night security (as a sentry protecting against Japanese infiltration) during the entire Guam operation. Next: Animals Deserve Medals Too.

Cappy and handlers.