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Dr. William Putney
At the December 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show the DPCA's Meet the Breeds booth named "The Greatest Patriot" was dedicated to Dr. Putney whose wife Betsy accepted the DPCA Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Putney posthumously.
Mr. Robert Forsythe, who judged Best-in-Show, presented the award to Betsy at our booth. Mr. Forsythe was, himself, a Marine War Dog Handler in the South Pacific in World War II handling a Doberman there. A photo of a 20-year-old Bob Forsythe with his Doberman in the South Pacific was prominently displayed on core board at the booth.
Watch the video presentation made by Mr. Robert Forsythe below. You can also read the transcription of the presentation here.
Below are photos taken at the event.
Mr. Forsyth delivered the following presentation:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
On July 21, 1944, United States Marine and Naval forces began the drive to retake the American Territory of Guam, which was the first American territory invaded by Japan in the Second World War.
Commanding the 3rd Marine War Dog Platoon that day was a young lieutenant, William W. Putney.
These valiant war dogs were mainly Doberman Pinchers. Their record in action was perfect. These Marine dogs led more than 550 patrols on the island of Guam.NOT ONE PATROL WAS AMBUSHED.
Because of their incredible ability to detect the enemy, the dogs, always out in front, paid a terrible price. In his book Always Faithful, Dr. Putney puts it thusly:"They died. We lived."
After the war, Dr. Putney, who received a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for his actions with the war dogs in the invasion of Guam, returned home to discover that the dogs who were his brothers-in-arms were being put to sleep. These dogs were former household pets, recruited from civilians with the promise that they would someday be returned. Outraged, Dr. Putney fought for the dogs' right to go home as any other Marine.He won. Hundreds of dogs successfully repatriated back into a peaceful society.
Decades later, in 1989, Dr. Putney returned to Guam. He found the Marine War Dog Cemetery in total disrepair. He left determined to move the War Dog Cemetery to a place befitting fallen warriors.
On the 50th anniversary of Guam's liberation, July 20, 1994, the Marine War Dog Cemetery was rededicated on Guam.
The statute you see behind us, "Always Faithful," was lovingly created by famous artist Susan Bahary, who is here with us today. "Always Faithful" was dedicated in the courtyard of the Pentagon. He rests now in the middle of the circle of graves of 25 Doberman Pincher Marines. Watchful, Alert, Determined. He keeps his vigil now while they rest.Mrs. Putney:
On behalf of the officers, directors, and members of the Doberman Pincher Club of America, and on behalf of a grateful nation, it is my great privilege and honor to present to you the Doberman Pincher Club of America's Lifetime Achievement Award to Captain William W. Putney, DVM, United States Marine Corps.
Dr. Putney was present at the 'Always Faithful' sculpture dedication at the Marine War Research Center Quantico, Virginia October 31, 2001. More...