You will agree when I say that there’s no one more loyal than a dog. You will also agree when I say that a dog will lay down its life to save yours, if it truly belongs to you.
In world history, soldiers went to war to protect their boundaries. Dogs, more often than not, have assisted humans and went battles to protect their handlers.
1. Sergeant Stubby – World War I
One of the most famous war dog, Stubby was the only serving dog to be given the rank of a sergeant. This American Pit Bull Terrier was smuggled to France during World War I.
2. Smoky – World War II
A Yorkshire Terrier, Smoky was one of the most decorated war dogs in WWII. Surviving more than a dozen combat missions and over 150 air raids, Smoky was a veteran that could warn his unit about incoming enemy shells precisely.
3. Kaiser – Vietnam War
Kaiser, along with his handler, Marine Lance Cpl. Alfredo Salazar, took part in more than 30 combat patrols and 12 major operations throughout his service.
4. Nemo – Vietnam War
Absolutely the most amazing dog and handler story, Nemo sacrificed himself for the betterment of his handler and country.
5. Lex – United States Marine Corps
An IED detector dog for the US Marine Corps, Lex was one of the most fearless dogs who loved to walk by his handler’s side.
6. Mansi – LOC, Kashmir
Mansi, a 4-year-old Labrador served in Kashmir’s territorial army with his handler Bashir Ahmad War. In a tragic turn of events, both Mansi and Bashir attained martyrdom while trying to foil a terror bid in Kupwara.
7. Rex – 14 Army Dog Unit, Delta Force
A veteran war dog, Rex was a proven expert in sniffing out danger and tracking enemy activities. In 1995, as part of 14 Army Dog Unit of Delta Force in J&K, Rex tracked an injured terrorist for over 3 kms.
8. Kambal – Himalayan Post, Central Glacier
This massive Himalayan Mastiff was posted on one of the many patrolling posts at the Central Glacier.
9. Putari – ITBP Patrolling Force
Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s most decorated dog Putari was recently awarded a medal for becoming the Best Canine of the Year.
10. Chips – World War II
An interesting mix of Collie-German Shepherd-Siberian Husky breeds, Chips became the most decorated war dog by the end of World War II.
11. Cairo – K9 Unit, American Forces
Part of an airborne unit, Cairo is one of the most famous dogs credited for his role in Osama Bin Laden’s killing by the US Forces.
12. Caesar – Mumbai Police, 26/11 Attacks
During the infamous Taj attacks on 26th November, 2011, Caesar was deployed with the Mumbai Police and saved multiple lives after sniffing out two hand grenades left by the terrorists at the busy CST railway station.
When soldiers take part in combats and wars, they do it for their country’s honour but when these brave dogs take part, they do it because they are meant to be the most loyal and obedient companions, even in the field of war.