US Marine reunited with dog that saved his life

Lance Cpl. Brad O’Keefe, a Marine who served in Afghanistan, bonded with bomb-sniffing dog Earl during his deployment. But when O’Keefe was wounded, the two eventually became separated – until his sister and a Rhode Island trooper brought them together again. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports. Read More:

Marine Waits For Best Friend To Come Home

Brighton, N.Y. – In the line of duty, military men and women look out for each other. Many times, becoming best friends. “He and I were working together really well and we just had this chemistry,” Marine Lance Corporal Brad O’Keefe said. O’Keefe was no different. Read More:

Dogs of modern war, part 4: The Pacific War, WWII

When the United States took dogs into the Pacific War during World War II, they would prove that they were essential to the survival of so many men. The new training methods were working. Handlers entrusted their lives to their dogs and they had good reason too. They were no longer just dogs, they were…

Military working dogs today have long history of heroism

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2013 – Working dogs form an important part of today’s military. Dogs have been used in warfare by ancient Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Slavs, and Britons.  During the Roman Empire dogs were arranged in columns and wore armor and spiked collars.  Dogs were also used by Attila the Hun and Frederick the Great.  Napoleon chained…

Dogs of modern war, part 2: WWI

World War I brought an explosion of dogs to the battlefield.  According to an article by The United Stated War Dog Association, Inc., the Germans had 30,000 dogs and the Italians handled 3,000 for their allies, while the British and the French had at least 20,000 dogs serving for them.  The U.S. had used dogs…

Michigan War Dog Memorial honors canine comrades

Lyon Township — As she does every Memorial Day, June Etlinger will visit the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. It’s where her father and grandfather, who both served in the military, are buried. But this year she will make one more stop to pay respect to Sgt. Mina, whom she credits with keeping her son,…