Search Dogs in Vietnam | The German Shepherd
A final group of German Shepherd Dogs in the military that deserves mention is the group of dogs that bravely searched, and often sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of, landmines, booby traps, and other enemy-placed dangers. These dogs, along with their handlers, would work to search villages, tunnels, and combat areas for trip wires, booby-traps, and other such devices, using their olfactory senses to trace any potential dangers. Sadly, only 204 dogs left Vietnam after the war – some staying in the South Pacific Region, while others returned to the U.S.A.
Of the other dogs, many were killed in battle, some were tragically euthanized, and others were turned over to the South Vietnamese Army. While we cannot offer these dogs any official medals or rewards, we can nevertheless honor their invaluable contribution to our nation's safety and security, and be proud of their heroism.