US Army Quartermaster Foundation
Fort Lee, Virginia

War Dogs
A resource for information on the U.S. Army's use of dogs 1942-Present

The Army Quartermaster Corps began the U.S. Armed Forces first war dog training during WWII.  By 1945 they had trained almost 10,000 war dogs for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.   Fifteen War Dog platoons served overseas in World War II. Seven saw service in Europe and eight in the Pacific.  In 1951 the responsibility for training military dogs was given to the Military Police Corps.  Dogs continued to serve the armed forces with distinction in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq and many recent contingency operations.

On May 19, 2003, the 527th Military Police Company of Giessen, Germany use a police dog to search for illegal drugs and weapons during a raid in downtown Baghdad, Iraq (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel T. Dark)

General History

Quartermaster War Dog Program
Short history of Quartermaster dog training during and after WW II

Dogs and National Defense
Anna M. Waller
Study on the history of War Dog training and utilization during and after World War II.

War Dog/Scout Dog Articles

The Truth About War Dogs  
Alene Erlanger
The Quartermaster Review  
March-April 1944    

QM War Dog Platoon is a Combat Unit

1952 article on use of the Army's use of dogs and pack animals

Training Center for Army Dogs
Army Dog Training Center
Camp Carson, Colorado 1953

Scout Dogs
1st Infantry Division, Vietnam 1969

1st Infantry Division - Circa 1969

War Dog Photos

War Dog Bibliography
A listing of books, magazine and newspaper articles on Military Dogs

War Dog Links
Listing of a link does not constitute an endorsement of the site or guarantee that the site still exists.

Department of Defense Military Working Dog School

War Dog Memorial - Hartsdale (New York) Pet Cemetery
Home to memorial dedicated in 1922 to WWI  Dogs

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