To The Herald-Whig:
The U.S. Postal Service recently honored military service dogs. There are four breeds represented in the commemorative stamp set.
However, one of the first breeds in the military service was left out. That breed is the stately Doberman pinscher. The breed's service dates back to World War I, 1914-1918, and World War II, 1939-1945. The breed served very honorably. The dogs did their job very well in the big wars.
The Japanese hated the breed so much that they had bounties on the U.S. Marines K-9 Corps. They called them "devil dogs" at the time. The breed came to be very well respected for its superior abilities in wartime.
When World War II ended, those who cared for the four-legged Marines recognized the need for an appropriate memorial in their honor. That memorial site was created on the island of Guam. The cemetery proudly displays a bronze statue with the names of those lost in battle. The phrase "always faithful" quite appropriately honors the breed.
We did not see this history as it became our country's history. But it is, nonetheless, history that should not be forgotten.