The National War Dog Cemetery By: Sarah Dayhuff C Block

Located at the Naval Base in Guam

Honors the dogs killed in service with the United States Marine Corps during the Second Battle of Guam in 1944.

Guam was captured by Japanese forces in 1941.

After two and a half years U.S. Marines landed to retake the island in 1944.

Along with them were the 2nd and 3rd War Dog Platoons, used as scouts in over 450 patrols

They explored the island's cave system, detected land mines and traps, and guarded sleeping Marines.

A Doberman named Kurt saved the lives of 250 Marines when he warned them of a massive Japanese force ahead.

Kurt was badly injured in the mortar attack, along with his handler, Allen Jacobson, who is said to have refused treatment until Kurt had been evacuated.

• Of the 60 Marine war dogs that landed on Guam, 25 died there and 20 more were wounded.

• As the dogs died over the course of the battle, they were buried along with other Marines at Asan, the initial landing point of the invasion.

The remains and markers were moved to a new cemetery on the naval base in June 1994.

The memorial was dedicated on July 21, 1994, the 50th anniversary of the battle.

Semper Fidelis

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