Pretty excited this evening. I was able to put the main pieces of my War-Dog display up. The Helmet belonged to USMC PFC George Goderre, awarded the Silver Star on Guam. I just picked up his helmet and his jacket, both with his SN in them. I added that to the paperwork my grandmother Kept from Dogs for Defense as she had sponsored her dog the "Duke of Windsor" in 1943. I have a Dog training Manual on the way, as well as a dog training throw chain. I was able to find a few pictures and stories abut 2nd & 3rd PLT of the 3rd Marines on Guam and it was interesting to see many pictures of the handlers not wearing covers. I created a few pictures with the narratives as well as the Silver Star Citation into the display. Down below in one of the pictures are my other 2 USMC Helmets 1 very salty, the other lightly used. Sitting on top a Jacket that belongedto J.R. Pitts who wore it on Iwo Jima and between the Helmets, some black sand from non other than Iwo Jima. Enjoy!
PS Helmet is a FS, SB, McCord - 815B Heat stamp, Blackened Brass hardware with all hardware corroded pretty good in the around the chin position. I can add photos of that if anyone would like to see.
Here is the Citation for his Silver Star.
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class George P. Goderre (MCSN: 802318), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a War Dog Handler of Military Police Company, Headquarters Battalion, THIRD Marine Division, during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands from 26 July to 22 August 1944. When his dog detected the presence of hostile forces on two separate occasions, Private First Class Goderre promptly fired on the enemy group and personally killed seven of the Japanese. By skillful handling of his animal as a point while voluntarily leading numerous patrols during this period, he saved the patrols from hostile ambush and contributed to the execution of successful scouting operations. By his initiative, courage and devotion to duty throughout, Private First Class Goderre upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Edited by Pegasus6, 24 March 2018 - 05:58 PM.