15 May '18, 12am

The Epic Tale of a Hero Vietnam War Dog Surfaces Decades Later #care2

The Epic Tale of a Hero Vietnam War Dog Surfaces Decades Later #care2

A German shepherd named Prince was left behind in Vietnam decades ago, and the story of what happened to him after the war is just now coming to light. Prince truly was a war hero. Although Purple Hearts are only awarded to humans, an exception was made for Prince, who received two of them. He was also the first dog ever to become a prestigious Navy SEAL. Yet, like hundreds of other military working dogs (MWDs) at the time who helped protect the lives of countless U.S. troops, Prince was abandoned in Vietnam. Prince’s heroic service didn’t matter back then. The Pentagon had unfounded concerns that the MWDs — some of whom had been family pets or police dogs, as Prince had been in Norfolk, Virginia — might carry deadly diseases that could be transmitted to other animals. The dogs were ordered to be euthanized in Vietnam after serving their purpose there. What’s especially he...

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