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A photo taken around 1928 in NYC's Fort Jay (Governors Island) of 1st Sgt Geo Hickman 16th Infantry, 1st Division with the regimental mascot Rags. Hickman served for a long time when this picture was taken, to include the Great War. Of note is the wear of the DIs in the original position, above the collar discs, and the wear of the overseas cap, most uncommon at this date, Service Caps and Campaign Hats were the order of the day in them days.

 

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Here one more photo Rags and Top Hickman 16th Infantry.

 

Rags I was suprised has his very own WIKI :D

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rags_%28dog%29

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This is a photo of "Salvo the Paradog" which was one of the US airborne mascots in World War II. I was shown a copy of this official US Army Air Forces photo which is titled "Salvo the Paradog." It states that the photo was taken "somewhere in England." DOes anyone know which unit Salvo belonged to?

 

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This brave dog might be the original Paradog. This photo, most likely taken in the early 1920's, shows members of the Aviation Section of the Colorado National Guard with a dog named Jeff. According to the Speigel Online website, Jeff died in a parachuting accident. "After making several successful jumps, he was killed in August 1924, when his chute failed to open." http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/photo-gallery-the-history-of-parachuting-dogs-fotostrecke-105025.html

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Here are a couple of images of a Marine dog in Vietnam. The dog's name, Lobo, is seen jumping into a DZ in Vietnam in 1968. Again, photos from Spiegel Online- http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/photo-gallery-the-history-of-parachuting-dogs-fotostrecke-105025-9.html

 

If anyone else has photos of parachuting dogs, I'd love to see them.

 

Allan

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The one I am familiar with is Smokey, a Yorkie, also known as The Yorkie Doodle Dandy. Found in New Guinea, they thought she may have been an IJA/IJN pet, but was not. A soldier bought here for a few bucks by Bill Wynne. She eventually flew some photo recon missions and ran some cable through a narrow pipe in the Phillipines to help restore air field communications. Went on to be a rehab dog after the war and also I think some TV spots.

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From the UK newspaper "The Telegraph" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/05/recipients-of-the-pdsas-dickin-medal-the-animal-version-of-the-v/

"A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after serving in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, served in the US Marine Corps for six years, protecting the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions. Her efforts were awarded with the PDSA Dickin Medal, the highest award for animals serving in military conflict. Lucca's owner, Gunnery Sergeant Chris Willingham, travelled to London with his pet to accept the medal."

 

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THis is what the Dickin Medal looks like.

 

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Those are some incredible pix of the paradogs! I can't even imagine what must have been going through their canine brains while dangling from those chutes! What a trip!

Terry

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There were other mascots like "Furlough," who was a dachshund obtained by members of the 551st PIB. Furlough jumped into combat in the pack of his handler. Furlough disappeared during the Battle of the Bulge.

 

Allan

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I can't believe it's going to be 10 years since I started this thread. To all who have contributed, I offer my sincere thanks. Keep it going!

GB

 

 

 

 

 

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Patches,

 

Some of the ones you posted are duplicates. If you go back to the beginning of the post, you will see them there.

 

Thank you.

GB

 

 

 

 

 

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Patches,

 

Some of the ones you posted are duplicates. If you go back to the beginning of the post, you will see them there.

 

Thank you.

Damn and I did check, used Coast Guard Key worn, oh well :o

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Hoping to get this great thread kick started again. I may have posted a couple of these in other forums but thought it would be good to also have them here. Please join in.

 

Men and dogs from the 4th Marine War Dog Platoon (attached to the 1st Marine Division on Peleliu)

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