Gary S. Smith
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The Alumni is on FACEBOOK
The Vietnam Military Police Sentry Dog Alumni has it's own Group Page. You can pull it up by FACEBOOK or contact Gary Smith via his email. We are able to download pictures and stay in contact. FACEBOOK will not take the place of the website.
Gary Smith on 10.17.13 @ 05:22 PM CST [link]
Friday, March 7th
K-9 Corps Birthday
Just a few things to mention. Most importantly March 13, 1942 the U.S. Army started the K-9 Corps. Several states have in the past have chosen March 13 to commemorate our buddies. If you go out on the internet you can find a lot written about those commemorations.
Second topic is the web site. I think I have all personal information updated on the site to include the Last Post page. The Last Post lists all our friends who have died. I would appreciate if everyone would take a few minutes to go to the Vietnam Military Police Sentry Dog Alumni web site and check to see if anything needs to be update. Our information is only as good as what we have been told in the past. If you are a member of the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association (VDHA) you might want to check their website for accuracy as well.
March 13 is next Thursday.
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 03.07.14 @ 10:34 AM CST [link] [No Comments]
Saturday, February 22nd
K-9 Veterans Day Lake Elsinore, CA
Ernie Ayala asked this to be posted. He is planning to attend. It is on our Facebook group site as well.
K-9 Veterans Day - Lake Elsinore
Saturday, March 8 at 10:00am in PST
McVicker Park in Lake Elsinore, California
6 people are going
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 02.22.14 @ 02:26 PM CST [link] [No Comments]
Thursday, February 20th
Houma, Lousiana War Dog Memorial
This was provided by Albert C. Boyd 212th 69-70. There were pictures along with the article. Unfortunately I do not know how to post pictures to this site. Several of the pictures are posted on our Facebook group site.
Subject: Houma, LA War Dog Mem 15Feb2014 and "My Heart's Desire" pet adoptions
> I shot a lot of different angles and perspectives. I also moved in on detail
> and craftsmanship as many Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen had their
> input taken into consideration by Ms. Diane Baker, our patron Saint of this
> memorial, in Houma, Louisiana and her sculptor. The final layout of the
> assembled pieces will not be completed in time for the cover story. Missing
> are the Louisiana K9 KIA names on one plaque and those who served in Vietnam
> as War Dog Handlers, on another plaque. The "My Heart's Desire" pet adoption
> agency is co-located on the memorial property owned by Ms. Baker. Ms. Baker
> received no funding from the State of Louisiana for her project and went
> full construction after researching what happened to the dogs of Vietnam.
> Whether it was a catharsis or an epiphany, her vision for the memorial was
> definitely shaped by her strong affection for God, Country, Corps and 4
> footed pets.
> The design of the handler was suggested by many handlers but Ms. Baker chose
> the combat oriented handler for his glance, the dog's stare and all the
> trappings of an Infantryman on patrol. The dog tags can almost be read with
> one in his boot laces and the other hanging from his neck. The ever-present
> green towel wrapped around the handler's neck kept the sun off his neck and
> the sweat from pouring down his back. The handler would wipe his face with
> the towel and his eyes would sting from the amount of salt absorbed by the
> towel. It was his pillow at night and his face cloth in the day.
> The two other dogs represent various breeds of K9s that once populated our
> ranks. These breeds allowed us handlers to be their friends, not the other
> way around. They picked us, they trusted us and somehow, we let them down,
> we abandoned them but they will never be forgotten. The "WE" is not you or I
> but rather a complicated set of circumstance that would not allow over 4,000
> dogs to be repatriated back to the USA. They fought for this country, for
> the handlers that they protected and the thousands of military personnel who
> are alive today because of their perseverance and acute K9 capabilities.
> The dog bears the tattoo in his ear coveted by the enemy as a war trophy and
> a lucrative war booty with a bounty of $10,000 piasters. Only snipers and
> War Dog Handlers had bounties on their heads because their war craft meant
> death to the enemy ranks. This dog bears the Tattoo of Marine Corps Scout
> Dog "Chipper." It's his number but all dogs had numbers. Some were lucky and
> others, less fortunate in their fate. We remember the fallen with the statue
> of the howling dog mourning the loss of his handler. His howls resonating
> across the fields of battle and into the conscience of every handler who has
> had to mourn the loss of a friend or his dog. The loss is equally felt
> between a handler and his dog. War forges a kinship and a story that must be
> told. Diane Baker has given the War Dog Handlers a place to pay tribute to
> the fallen, to remember their dogs and to hopefully find closure because we
> will never see our magnificent dogs again. Today's dogs are called Military
> Working Dogs. Personally, I like my "Scout Dog" designator. I'm sure the
> Sentry Dogs, Trackers and Mine and Booby-trap Handlers may feel the same
> Semper Fi, Eddie C, proud to have had Chipper as my friend and all the other
> Handlers I've served with....
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 02.20.14 @ 08:14 AM CST [link] [No Comments]
Thursday, February 13th
Passing of John Collins 212th 71-72
I just came across this today.
In Memory of
John W. Collins
1947 - 2014
John William Collins
John passed away peacefully Monday January 27, 2014. He was 66 years old. John was born in San Francisco, Ca. on August 8, 1947 to John and Helen Collins.
He leaves behind three brothers and three sisters and Mother. Robert, Marilyn, Kate, Helen, Jimmy and Jerry and his Mother Helen.
John was raised in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Alameda High in Lakewood and from Metro State College in Denver. He enjoyed long distance running.
John served his country in Vietnam. He was an MP with the Army and patrolled an airbase in Long Binh, South Vietnam with his faithful service dog REX.
John worked for the Federal Government at the Federal Center in Denver with the Bureau of Reclamation upon returning from the Army.
John had a long life and believed in serving those who were less fortunate in society. He was a tireless worker and an advocate for the Handicapped.
John rest in peace –
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[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 02.13.14 @ 09:00 AM CST [link] [No Comments]
Wednesday, February 12th
The Passing of Alan D. Coffin 212th 67-68
This from Gary Freedman 212th 67-68
Alan D. Coffin, 75, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away November 19, 2013, of complications from surgery. He served with the 981st at Fort Carson, CO., as they prepared to deploy to Viet Nam, and was then assigned to the 212th as his platoon was re-directed and deployed to the 212th in December,1967. He served as NCOIC of the Sentry Dog Detachment at Vinh Long. He retired in 1979. Alan was laid to rest at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery,1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV. At his request, there were no services.
Submitted by Gary Freedman, LtCol, U.S. Army, Ret (212th XO & platoon leader,1967-68).
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 02.12.14 @ 12:45 PM CST [link] [No Comments]
Tuesday, February 11th
Vietnam Wall by State and Name
Ian and Pat Harding 981st 67-68 sent this to me.
Click on the link and find the city you went to high school and look at the names. Click on the name and it will give details of the death.
The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information on our lost heroes.
Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site. First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals. This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it.
http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm (Ctrl + Click to follow link.)
Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are listed.
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 02.11.14 @ 12:00 PM CST [link] [No Comments]
The Passing of George P. Long 981st 67-68
George Phillip Long 65, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away on Tuesday, December 10th. The services will be 2:00 pm Fri., Dec. 13th at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka, FL. He was a Viet Nam vet and a retiree of Georgia Pacific. He is survived locally by his mother and step-father, Virginia and Bill Pierson; brother, John Long; sisters, Marilyn Radcliff and Jennifer Inman. http://www.themastersfuneralhomes.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?pid=168508882#sthash.Bt57NtHx.dpuf
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 02.11.14 @ 10:33 AM CST [link] [No Comments]
Thursday, January 30th
Sargent's Pass Colorado Vietnam War Memorial
Bob Bouslaugh 212th 67-68 and Mike Igoe 981st 67-68 sent a link to me about an unusual Vietnam War Memorial in Colorado. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=axhZ0Tx2L4U If you like this let Bob and Mike know you like it.
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 01.30.14 @ 01:52 PM CST [link] [No Comments]
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