Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

Today we honor the human men and woman who have served our great country to ensure its freedom.  Without their sacrifices, we would not be the free nation that we are today for all humans and pupkind (and catkind).

We also celebrate and honor those brave soldier dogs who also served, fought, and sacrificed their lives so that others can be free (and pampered by their humans).

The Gimpy gang and your queen would like to honor United States Marine Corps Corporal Rex Ahlbin, a decorated war dog that fought at Guadalcanal



A decorated war hero, Rex was a combat dog who served with the US Marine Corps during World War II. Rex served with the US 3rd Marine Division during the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay at Bougainville Island in 1943. Rex, a two-year-old Doberman, warned of the presence of Japanese soldiers near a Marine position, enabling Marines to fend off a later attack. Rex also served with the Marine Corps during the Guadalcanal campaign and at the Battle of Tinian. For his service, Rex was promoted to the rank of corporal by the Marine Corps in 1944.  (Wikipedia)

Rex is buried at the historic Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park located in Elkridge, Maryland.  My humans had the honor of helping to restore this cemetery when it fell into disarray from lack of upkeep.

On Memorial Day of 2006, they arranged for Rex's family to attend a ceremony honoring their beloved war dog and later, member of their family.


We salute Rex and all of the other brave War Dogs on this veteran's day!

Meeshka

9 comments:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Pawesome Post!

War Dogs Rokhk!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Janet said...

Thank you for sharing this!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Very nicely done - great tribute to all our veterans.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Anonymous said...

There were Siberian Husky war dogs in WWII as well.

Huffle Mawson said...

Hear hear!

Sam said...

I'm glad to see so many of our blogs are showing dog heroes as well as human heroes today!

Sam

Cyber-sibes said...

we woo our thanks to Veterans of all species, we are in their debt.

jack & moo

The Thundering Herd said...

Terrific post and thanks for sharing his story.

Ozzie the OZmonster & Zowie said...

Thanks for the tear and a smile meeshka.

Cheers.

John, Oz, and Zo