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13-September-2014
13-September-2014

Photographs supplied by John Huth

The War Dog Memorial commemorates tracker dogs used by the Australian Army in the Vietnam War. Eleven of the most popular contributors to the Australian war effort in Vietnam could not return home when their tour of duty ended.

They were the black Labrador tracker dogs used by the Australian Task Force. It was Australian Army policy that the dogs not be brought home at the end of their service. The dogs were the core of Combat Tracker Teams that were used from 1967 until the last combat troops left in late 1971.

Trained from the age of about 10 months at the Tracking Wing of the Ingleburn Infantry Centre in New South Wales, two dogs were assigned to each of the Australian battalions based at the Task Force base at Nui Dat, in Phuoc Tuy Province.

The fate of Australia`s war dogs, once their service came to an end in Vietnam, caused consternation in Army circles and anguish to their handlers. After much discussion about the issue, and with the matter having been raised in Parliament, the Army decided in 1968 that at the end of their working lives the dogs would be kept by the battalion as a reserve, then given as pets to European or Australian families resident in Saigon. Only as a last resort, if no home could be found, would they be destroyed. In the event, none of the 11 dogs who served in Vietnam was put down, with homes being found for the ten who survived.

Location

Address:Toorbul Street, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, Bongaree, 4507
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.090183
Long: 153.163516
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Animals

Dedication

Front Inscription

WAR DOG MEMORIAL.

Dedicated to the Australian tracker dogs that served in South Vietnam  1967-1971

They did not return to Australia

Caesar      Cassius
Janus        Julian
Juno          Justin
Marcian     Marcus
Milo            Tiber
Trajan   Died on service

All gave something, some gave all.

Those who knew you, will never forget you

 

Source: MA
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