Edmund Adamski

Raised on the south side of Chicago.  Pfc. Adamski was assigned a Doberman named BIG BOY.   They saw plenty of combat during the liberation of Guam.  After the war Ed returned to his native Chicago where he got married and raised five boys.  He was active in politics and worked for the railroad as a locomotive engineer for over 40 years.

William W. Putney

He was a veterinary student at Auburn University when WWII broke out.  Bill joined the Marines and they put his talents to work as the commander of the 3rd Dog Platoon.  As a young Second Lieutenant he led his platoon in the invasion of Guam on July 21, 1944.  After the war he had a thriving veterinary practice in Woodland Hills, California.  He became an advocate for the war dogs and wrote a book about his experiences titled, “Always Faithful.”  

Marvin Corff

He was assigned a powerful Doberman named ROCKY who was quite a handful.  But Corff managed to focus the big dog and they performed with valor in the liberation of Guam and on Saipan.  Marvin Corff was awarded the Silver Star for his service.  After the war he used the GI bill to earn a veterinary degree and had a successful practice in McMinnville, Oregon.

Albert Tesch

A superb athlete before he entered the Corps, Tesch chose a feisty little Malamute Husky named TIPPY.  Shortly after the invasion Tesch and Tippy were injured by a Japanese mortar round, but they both recovered and became one of the top patrolling teams in the Pacific.  Tesch was able to keep Tippy after the war and bring him home to upstate New York.

Richard Reinauer

He joined the Marines at seventeen and chose a large black German Shepherd named RICK.  Together they led combat patrols on Guam as well as in Nagasaki as part of the occupying force.  After the war Reinauer worked in radio and television as an actor, then he went on to produce Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” for 23 years.

Dale Fetzer

The Marine Corps saw that he grew up training horses in North Carolina and so was chosen to serve in the war dog platoons.  He was given a Black Lab named SKIPPER.  The dog was donated to the Marine Corps by a 13 year old girl from Butte, Montana.  Skipper was killed in action on Guam.

Bruce Wellington

The Brooklyn, New York native joined the Marine Corps at seventeen.  His dog was an Army reject, a Shepherd mix named PRINCE.  He was originally a messenger dog but then was later trained to lead patrols.  Wellington was promoted to Corporal during the war, but returned the stripes when he was told he had to give up his dog.  He lived in North Hollywood, California after the war with Prince as the family pet.


Thurman Clark

A farm boy from Tennessee, his experience with animals prompted his selection to the War Dog Platoons.  He shared a red Doberman named DUKE who was trained for messenger duty.  Duke went to Iwo Jima with the other handler so Clark received a Shepherd named MAJOR.  They did patrol work together on Saipan and Okinawa.  


Ivan Hamilton

He was the platoons first noncommissioned officer and helped form the training program at Camp LeJeune with William Putney.  He landed on Guam on the 3rd wave.   After the war he opened a high-end “Beauty Shop for Dogs” one of the first of it’s kind.  Which he ran that for 35 years.



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