Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII

  • Title: Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII
  • Author: William W. Putney
  • ISBN: 9781574887198
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • Always Faithful A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII As a twenty three year old veterinarian William W Putney joined the Marine Corps at the height of World War II He commanded the Third Dog Platoon during the battle for Guam and later served as chief
    As a twenty three year old veterinarian, William W Putney joined the Marine Corps at the height of World War II He commanded the Third Dog Platoon during the battle for Guam and later served as chief veterinarian and commanding officer of the War Dog Training School, where he helped train former pets for war in the Pacific After the war, he fought successfully to have UAs a twenty three year old veterinarian, William W Putney joined the Marine Corps at the height of World War II He commanded the Third Dog Platoon during the battle for Guam and later served as chief veterinarian and commanding officer of the War Dog Training School, where he helped train former pets for war in the Pacific After the war, he fought successfully to have USMC war dogs returned to their civilian owners Always Faithful is Putney s celebration of the four legged soldiers that he both commanded and followed It is a tale of immense courage as well as of incredible sacrifice For anyone who has ever read Old Yeller or the books of Jack London, here is a real life story that rivals any fiction At once a wistful tribute and a stirring adventure, Always Faithful will enthrall readers with one of the great animal stories of all time.

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    1. I'd love to meet this guy and shake his hand. I'm not a cryer no real reason, I just don't "do" crying from books or movies. usually. I teared up numerous times while reading this. Putney managed to make me feel like I knew each dog he wrote about. His love for this animals shone like a beacon and that goes right to the heart of any animal lover. I wish I could say that I'd recommend this to anyone but I wouldn't. Almost, but not quite. I think a love of the military or interest in WWII or war i [...]

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    2. *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.Original review was published in Sgt. Grit’s Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 5, May 2004Retired Captain William Putney, of the United States Marine Corps, recounts his story of the 3rd Marine War Dog Platoon used in World War II in his memoir Always Faithful. In June 1943, Putney enlisted in the Marine Corps. Fresh out of college with a degree in veterinary medicine, he was hoping to serve his country with honor and courage. It [...]

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    3. Captain Putney's memoir is heartfelt, and the war dogs he remembers are magnificent, but the book suffers a little from not having been written by a professional writer.

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    4. The writing itself was a 3 star read, so that's what I chose to rate it. A good read but not spectacular. However, the story itself and the author's love, bravery and tenacity towards these brave dog heroes is a 5 star rating in my book. A great story and one that I think many may not be aware of today. MANY dogs were shipped overseas and naturally played the role of protector, warrior, hero and friend to our brave soldiers, literally saving many lives. Not all returned but because of William Pu [...]

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    5. I found the subject interesting but the writing bogged down for me with too many maneuvers and military division names and minutia of military service. I think the premise is excellent and the dog info interesting and especially the call to decommission these dogs after service instead of destroy them. Worth the read overall.

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    6. These magnificent animals and the men that handled them are heroes. We owe a great debt of gratitude for our freedom we have today. Memorial weekend is coming up, take a moment and reflect on the sacrifices that were made. God Bless the USA

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    7. Excellent read. The author Mr. Putney does one heck of job telling his story(non-fiction). Just wish there were an appendix of references to refer to.

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    8. This is such an extraordinary account of the role that Marine Dogs played in WWII. More than that, this a heartwarming and, at times, a heartbreaking journey that explains how the bond between a soldier and his dog was forged from training through deployment and then battle. Dr. Putney's role in the training and care of these dogs was crucial in the success of the Marine War Dogs Corps. Throughout history dogs have served gallantly in battle and during the deadly battles that took place in Guam [...]

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    9. I read this after seeing it referenced in Sergeant Rex. It's the story of the Marine Working Dogs unit developed in WW2 to keep the Marines from being surprised by Japanese ambushes and attacks. The author enlisted in the Marine Corps before the war and was assigned to the Dog Corps to develop the first scout dogs used by the Marines. With the help of a Hollywood trainer and their ingenuity they developed the training practices that led to the Marines using the dogs in the invasion of Guam. The [...]

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    10. I really enjoyed this book because it combined two of my favorite subjects: dogs and WWII. It was so interesting to go through all the months of hard training the dogs were put through with combat simulation, and the wonderful care that Putney, a veterinarian/Marine, gave to the dogs. The dogs weren't always treated with the greatest respect by the higher command levels, as they were considered to be property, not living creatures with needs. And, finally to get shipped into the Pacific with the [...]

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    11. No offense to Capt. Putney - he has a great story to tell, he just doesn't know how to tell it. Harris Done's documentary film, War Dogs of the Pacific, tells the same story and breaks your heart. Putney seems more concerned about recording the details. From his actions, it's obvious he cares very deeply about the dogs and the men who worked with them in World War II but he has a difficult time expressing his emotions in the printed word. Still, it's an interesting part of history and carried a [...]

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    12. All in all an enjoyable book although the content is the draw here, as opposed to the actual prose. It would also be a good idea to have a fairly good working knowledge of WWII history, as the author hits on many places and events but doesn't go into explicit detail explaining them.The animals the book focuses on are truly some amazing creatures. The danger they faced was incredible, as it was usually the dog and his or her handler leading patrols. Even the environment was dangerous, Dobermans a [...]

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    13. This is one of my favorite books. I finished this book in 3 days while on a busy holiday and couldn't wait to pick it up every time. I am a dog lover and love reading World War 2 stories, so I was very excited when I got this book. It is a great and easy read and very informative about a small part of history that saved many human lives. The story is also full of heartbreak, but has a very good ending about law changes in the USA about the war dogs. If I am ever near Guam I would make a point of [...]

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    14. Read from April 10th to April 26th, 2014, this book was on loan from a nice gentleman at work whose Uncle wrote it. It was a fascinating story and a quick read. I knew nothing about the USMC War Dog program other than it existed, and I found the detail of the story interesting and quite absorbing. This is a highly recommended read for those who enjoy stories of the 2nd World War, or stories that involve animals as the central part of the narrative.

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    15. It was interesting to ready about Captain Putney's experience in WWII as the CO of a war dog platoon. I'm glad that he shared his story and the story of some of the dogs under his command. There were several things he kept repeating but not going any further into detail about that detracted from the book. One of the reasons for this might have been lack of records to research details. I'm glad that he was able to help save some of the dogs that were enlisted.

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    16. As a twenty-three-year-old veterinarian, William W. Putney joined the Marine Corps at the height of World War II. He commanded the Third Dog Platoon during the battle for Guam and later served as chief veterinarian and commanding officer of the War Dog Training School, where he helped train former pets for war in the Pacific. After the war, he fought successfully to have USMC war dogs returned to their civilian owners.The above is the summary provided by .

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    17. This book is an account of the first war dogs ever trained and then used in World War II, written by the veterinarian that began the program and fought along side the dogs in Guam. Details of how the dogs were trained, their deployment, and then performance in war ranged from interesting to heart wrenching. These dogs were true soldiers. Worth a read and goes pretty quickly coming in just over 200 pages.

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    18. This memoir really is emotional. I never knew how much dogs really did in the military, and it is a shame that they aren't recognized enough. Although this book is depressing to any animal lover, it also has its proud moments. I absolutely loved this memoir, and recommend it to everyone!

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    19. The untold story of Marine war dogs and their handlers in the Pacific during WW II. A good read for those who want to understand what military dogs undergo. The dogs and their handlers become like married couples.

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    20. Great bookThis book is a must for everyone, but truly a must for dog lovers. The author speaks in detail the bravery of these dogs and the stories of the many lives they saved. A truly great read.

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    21. I hurriedly wrote a book review on this book, and as such can't trust my opinion on it.

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    22. Great look at the first War Dogs used in the Military. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much positive training was used on the program! Heartbreaking at times as expected for a book about war.

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    23. 4 Star book if you're a military history buff or a dog person. 5 star book if you're both. Excellent book, not always happy (it's about war so people die) but excellent.

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    24. I love animals and loved this book. It was really amazing to learn about the part that average american pets (dogs) played in World War II. This was a real tear jerker.

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    25. This book told the amazing true story of men and their dogs and the close bonds they formed. From the long-lost mascot Bobby to the couragous messanger dog Missy, this book had many tales to tell.

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    26. Didn't know about the Dog Corps. Teared up a bunch of times in this book.

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    27. A delightful and factual book about the dogs used by the U.S. Marines in the Pacific during World War II. It also tells what happened to many of them after their combat days were over.

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