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William Wynne: What Dogs, War, and Life Can Teach You About Celebrating the Holiday Season

By William “Bill” Wynne

I learned a lot from my yorkie Smoky during my 18 months of combat in the SWPA and the Far Pacific during World War II. She made me grateful for all the Christmases after. In the unforgiving jungles of New Guinea, the coral rock Biak Island at the equator, the semi-tropical Luzon, and just after the war on Okinawa during Typhoon Louise, my tiny dog taught me a lot about giving and receiving–although I would only realize it later. Here are a few simple truths that wartime with my Yorkshire terrier taught me:

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