Sentry Dogs
K9's In Korea
 May 1951, orders are issued alerting the entire 26th Scout Dog Platoon
(Fort Riley, KS) to embark for Korea, but only a single squad, consisting of
seven handlers and six dogs was ready to ship out. After arriving in Korea in
June '51, it was attached to the 2nd Infantry Division.
 The balance of the platoon, thirteen enlisted men, twenty scout dogs, and
one officer joined the original squad in Korea, ten months later, in Febuary of
1952.

 On February 27, 1953, the 26th Scout Dog Platoon was cited in General
Orders, Department of the Army, No. 21, as follows:
 As a result of the outstanding service rendered by the 26th Scout Dog
Platoon, recommendation was made and approved for the activation of five
scout dog platoons, to be attached to each Division in Korea, but the war
reached the "peace talks" stage before the 5 additional platoons were
trained and ready to be shipped to Korea.
 Although a cease fire was in place, units charged with monitoring activities
along the DMZ continued to use dogs as an extra security measure.
After the DMZ was established and manned, it was discovered
that the North Koreans were sending infiltrators across the
line, especially at night.  To support the patrols, K-9 units were
assigned to sniff out these infiltrators, who were masters at
camouflage, sometimes lying in hiding within yards of passing
patrols.  Apparently the Korean and Chinese diet caused a
certain body odor that the dogs could detect....
                                                                                                  1Lt Kameron Ince
                                                                                                                                    4th Turkish Brigade
                                                                                                                                    25th Inf Div
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We had the terrain from the DMZ south to the Imjin.  We had to
take dogs on our patrols and ambushes in the Summer of '54.  
They were German Shepherds, supposed to be "silent
warning" dogs.  They were vicious anyway, and each came
with an Army dog handler.  We had no choice.  They nearly got
me killed twice, and saved my life once......
                                                                       
 Tom McKenny
                                                                                                                          H- 3- 1, USMC, 1954
 In the fall of 1969 it was decided that Labrador Retrievers
could do the job of the Blood Hounds and German Shepherds.
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I took a Colonel Vet from the real world up to inspect the kennels
before they were shipped over. The theory was that the Labs were
almost as good as the German Sheperds and they had almost as
good of a nose as the blood hounds.

I don't remember if they ever got there before I left in March of 69.
                                                                              
1Lt Jon Crook
                                                                                                                          Headquarters, 2nd Inf Div
Scout Dog, Sentry Dog, Guard Dog;
  By whatever name you knew them, K-9's were on duty a various
locations through out the Korean Peninsula. In the Western Corridor
(aka. `The Bowling Alley`) the dogs and their handlers of the 2nd
Infantry Division were housed at RC#3.

A page, dedicated to these dogs and their handlers, has been posted
at the RC#3 Homepage. So please take the time to stop by RC#3 and
visit with the .....


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