Australians with their tracker dogs at Coral in May 1965. The dogs, mostly black Labradors, were trained to follow the scent of human blood, waste and food, and were used by patrolling Australians to locate enemy troops.
The "A-Team" at Vinh Gia. "I'm top center. — with Staff Sergeant Smith, Captain Alvin B. Morris, Staff Sergeant Richard "Dick" James, Sergeant First Class Blaylock, Sergeant Michael Greene and Sergeant First Class Art Kownslar. The dog disappeared a few days before we turned the camp over to the Vietnamese, right at the time that they threw a feast for our departure. We figured we were probably eating our pets. We were NOT happy!" 1967. photo and comments by Richard H. Dick James.
Melvin Walker's dog. "After we left Nam, all dogs sadly were abandoned." -Melvin Walker. Photo by Melvin Walker, a CW2 gun pilot and flew "Mel's Toy" with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. courtesy of Mike Gustin.
While a grenadier team softens communists positions in the Imperial city of Hue, a small puppy huddles in the protective arms Marine waiting to move forward. The fighting followed Viet Cong offensive during the Tet holiday period. Photo by Douglas Pike