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Dog Tags of Courage: Combat Infantrymen And War Dog Heroes in Vietnam Hardcover – October 15, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Lost Coast Press; 2 edition (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882897889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882897889
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It can be argued that, as a nation, America rushed to forget about the experience in Vietnam. As a result, many heroic acts often went unsung. John Burnam's moving book takes the reader back to a difficult time in our history to share the unique stories of a special group of heroes-- the Vietnam dog handlers and their canine partners. Burnam's conversational accounts of incredible war time situations is both eye-opening and hair-raising. Sadly, the reader also learns the chilling truth about how our government and military callously forgot the dogs of Vietnam. Their handlers, however, never forgot. Soldiers like Ron Aiello(US Marine Corps Scout-dog handler) never forgot how the dogs often saved soldier's lives. (You can read how Aiello's own life was saved by his female German shepherd partner, Smokey, on page 281.) In 2000 Aiello founded the U.S. War Dogs Association and spear-headed the drive to honor the Vietnam war dogs and their handlers with a bronze sculpture that now stands in Holmdel, New Jersey. Readers may also be surprised to learn that military dogs continue to protect and save lives today in Afghganistan and Iraq. The chapter on the rescued Iraqi dog recruited by Special Forces Sergeant First Class Russell Joyce for sentry duty ("Fluffy") is uplifting and inspiring.

Burnam's book is a great read. His telling of his relationship with his partner "Clipper" is poignant and ultimately heart-wrenching. The personal accounts and military details also make it an interesting historical record. But perhaps more than anything, it is a moving tribute to some very special heroes who's bravery and good deeds should never be forgotten.(And don't forget to read with a box of tissue--you'll need it!)
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Format: Hardcover
War dogs have been used in military actions for many years. This is the story of author John C. Burnam's experiences as a dog handler in Vietnam. These dogs saved countless lives as their keen senses of hearing and smell alerted their handler to danger long before the handler would have become aware of it. And, of course, many of the dogs also lost their lives in the line of duty. This is a very personal look at the special relationship between dog and handler and the brotherhood of all those who were dog handlers in a military action. Filled with pictures taken during the Vietnam action, it includes the sad story of the abandonment of thousands of dogs at the end of the war. For anyone who has an interest in the ways dogs have helped military actions, the bond between handlers and dogs, the courage and dedication of war dogs, or just the recent history of war dogs Dog Tags of Courage is a recommended read.
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I was thoroughly enthrawled and entertained while reading this well-told story. It is precise, matter-of-fact and compelling. I highly recommend this book to anyone who owns a dog, loves animals, or wants to see what it was like to be an infantryman during a very trying and difficult war. Mr. Burnam tells it like it was, and shows what it means and what it takes to be a dog-handler during the Vietnam war. Good book.
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The true story of how the military men used dogs and how devoted these men were to the dogs and the dogs to the men. Sad how some dogs had to be left behind. Interesting read if you are interested in learning new things.
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The story starts off a little slow and you're kind of waiting for it to get to the part about the dogs... then you realize what you are reading is real, tragically real.
Half way through the book I had to put it down. I was afraid to keep reading it. But, it was about a group of unsung heroes, and I owed them the time and fortitude to read their story.
It's saddening to say the least. I've never been so moved by a grayed out picture. I'm grateful of the author for sharing his story.
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I appreciate Mr. Burnham's telling his experiences of being a Scout Dog Handler in Viet Nam. My brother was also a Scout Dog Handler with the 25th Scout Dog Platoon, First Calvary. I gained a lot of incite into what my brother experienced.
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