Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: The Foxhole Guardians of WWII
Digging in with dogs during the first conflict with an official U.S. canine force.
By Rebecca Frankel
By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent
The War Dog book tour continues, so here’s a postcard from Iowa Jim in February, 1945, which seems a fitting image this week as we celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
As we’ve noted at many previous turns here in WDotW, World War II was the very first war in which the United States employed an official canine force. In this Marine Corps archive photo, Pfc. Rez P. Hester of the Seventh War Dog Platoon takes a nap while his dog Butch stands guard. I’ve read accounts that detailed reports from the front which relayed the dogs’ tremendous success in saving lives and how the men “vied nightly to dig foxholes for the handlers in order to get the handlers and their dogs to bunk down with them.
In other divine dog news, Pope Francis has declared that indeed, all dogs do go to heaven. He made this statement while comforting a young boy whose dog had just died. “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures,” the Pope reportedly told him.
And of course it reminds me of that Will Rogers quote that was posted on fallen handler MA2 Sean Brazas’s Facebook page: “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
via USMC Archives
More from Foreign Policy
Saudi-Iranian Détente Is a Wake-Up Call for America
The peace plan is a big deal—and it’s no accident that China brokered it.
The U.S.-Israel Relationship No Longer Makes Sense
If Israel and its supporters want the country to continue receiving U.S. largesse, they will need to come up with a new narrative.
Putin Is Trapped in the Sunk-Cost Fallacy of War
Moscow is grasping for meaning in a meaningless invasion.
How China’s Saudi-Iran Deal Can Serve U.S. Interests
And why there’s less to Beijing’s diplomatic breakthrough than meets the eye.
Xi and Putin Have the Most Consequential Undeclared Alliance in the World
Iraqi Kurdistan’s House of Cards Is Collapsing
China Used Stolen Data to Expose CIA Operatives in Africa and Europe
Scoop: Turkey and Hungary Not Invited to Biden’s Big Democracy Summit
America’s Zero-Sum Economics Doesn’t Add Up