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Started by Eric Queen , Apr 09 2016 06:09 AM

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#1 Eric Queen

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:09 AM

Nice little paper grouping to USMC war dog KONG. I have been trying to find his service record but no luck so far. 

 

According to this article NARA is supposed to have the textual records of the marine war dogs but the researchers I asked to find them say they are not there. The search continues.

 

http://marinesmagazi...n-world-war-ii/

 

Anyway, here are a couple items from KONG

 

First, the preliminary evaluation from Dogs for Defense from March 1944, KONG received an "A". 

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:11 AM

A receipt for KONG from Dogs for Defense from May 1944. 

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:12 AM

KONG in the newspaper, just prior to shipping out for advanced training to N.C. 

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:15 AM

Notification of KONG's promotion to corporal and confirmation that KONG has seen combat in the Pacific. Being a Dobbie KONG would have been a scout dog (not a messenger dog which were almost always German Shepherds) 

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:18 AM

Notification to the original owner that KONG is being discharged and he can go home. This detraining they refer to was developed and implemented by Dr. William Putney and saved the lives of hundreds of dogs (everyone should read his book "Always Faithful")

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:20 AM

Last, but not least, KONG's Honorable Discharge signed by Vandegrift.

 

INTERESTED IN BUYING ANY WAR DOG RELATED ITEMS. 

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:51 AM

Wow, what a wonderful little grouping. I have never seen anything like this before.



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:56 AM

wow. I have never seen this either. Thanks for Sharing.

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:12 AM

That's a really cool group! Congrats!

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:18 AM

 I'm a dog person anyway Very cool grouping  thanks for posting

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:35 AM

Here is the US Army K-9 discharge document for comparison. This one to RED (or "REDDY") 

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:36 AM

The Quartermaster issued this document when the dogs were first donated (loaned) to the Army. 

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:37 AM

Here is RED with his owner before he was donated. 

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:52 AM

Very nice WWII war dog grouping. I wish I could find one like this!

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 08:25 AM

GREAT Grouping!!

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 09:06 AM

Eric -

 

I followed the Kong discharge certificate on ebay - glad you are the one who got it.

 

Thanks for posting!
 

Best,

 

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 10:02 AM

Fantastic group, Eric.  I really enjoyed seeing it!!

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 10:04 AM

thanks for sharing.. amazing grouping!!



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 10:52 AM

Eric, nice group. I had picked these two tags up from a local picker. They are 1 1/8th by 7/8 inches, made of plastic. Pic is showing front and back.

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 11:36 AM

Never seen anything like this before.  Nice Grouping.  Thanks for sharing. 



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 06:51 AM

Great little group and story. Do you know if Kong was returned to Ms. Atkinson?



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 07:19 AM

Great little group and story. Do you know if Kong was returned to Ms. Atkinson?

 

Don't know for a fact but am guessing he was as these items were found down in southern California where she was from. 



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 07:21 AM

Eric, nice group. I had picked these two tags up from a local picker. They are 1 1/8th by 7/8 inches, made of plastic. Pic is showing front and back.

 

Those are neat. Thanks for posting. DFD also had these little dog dishes made (in sterling). Perhaps prizes of some kind. Not sure. 

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 08:00 AM

Very cool!

 



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 09:02 AM

Wow, what a great group!  Thank you for posting!

 

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