- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; First Edition edition (May 16 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743201981
- ISBN-13: 978-0743201988
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.4 x 24.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,592,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII Hardcover – May 16 2001
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From Library Journal
A retired Marine Corps captain and veterinarian, Putney writes a moving and heartrending account of his days as commander of the 3rd Marine War Dog Platoon, in which some 72 dogs and their handlers were his responsibility. The dogs and handlers trained in scouting, mine detection, and other patrol duties and went into combat together. Here we read about Peppy, Big Boy, and Lady and a host of other courageous dogs who lived and died during some of the worst fighting of the war. Putney takes the reader through basic training and the battles of Guadalcanal and the retaking of the island of Guam in 1944. He continues the story of how those dogs that survived the war were retrained and returned to civilian life. For veterans and dog owners, the stories of heroism and death may be dreadful, but they are a reminder of the sacrifices needed to obtain victory in World War II. A unique animal and war story, this memoir is a tribute to all who cherish the loyalty and bonds that dogs give their owners. Recommended for all public libraries. David Alperstein, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Retired veterinarian Putney is also a decorated World War II veteran whose primary service was helping organize the Marine War Dog Corps, which trained nearly a thousand dogs, mostly Doberman pinschers, as scouts, messengers, and alarm givers. Many of the dogs saw combat, especially on Guam, where then captain Putney won a Purple Heart and Silver Star fighting the Japanese, with and without dogs. More than 500 canine survivors were successfully demilitarized and returned to civilian life, and more than half of those became companions of the marines they had accompanied in battle--results that Putney counts as one of his finest achievements. An exceptionally clear writer, Putney is compassionate for his fellow marines of both species, except when some of them proved more dangerous to the dog platoons than the Japanese were. A valuable addition to the historiography of military animals, World War II, and the marines. Roland Green
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To quote from the book, "By 1946 military brass had decided to stop recruiting dogs from the civilian population....The war dog program fell into chaos and the Quartermaster Corps declared that it was discontinuing forever the K-9 Corps." This points out the absolute stupidity of "authority." If you read this book you will be uplifted with a loving emotion and learn why dogs are so effective in war and then discover the total stupidity of those bound to stop such an effective program. It is beyond human comprehension. You will enjoy this book!
"Putney's book is an up-close view of the hell of war that William Tecumseh Sherman described. It's also the heartfelt evidence of the bonding between man and dog and the mother of all the heroic dog stories you've ever heard." --LEATHERNECK
"I can scarcely remember ever being so taken with a book as I was with Always Faithful." --ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS, author of THE HIDDEN LIFE OF DOGS
"Always Faithful is a powerful tribute to the bond between the marines of WWII and their dogs, told by the author who experienced it firsthand." --DOG AND KENNEL
"A unique animal and war story, this memoir is a tribute to all who cherish the loyalty and bonds that dogs give their owners." --LIBRARY JOURNAL
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