We are the members of an elite group of proud individuals, who served our country alongside the finest soldiers that have ever walked the earth on four paws. Throughout history these four legged soldiers have diligently committed themselves to protect their fellow team members. Because of their actions they have protected vital strategic areas and have saved the lives of countless servicemen and women. With the finest tradition of the Military Police Corps the sentry dog has upheld the motto: "OF THE TROOPS, FOR THE TROOPS"
I was just alerted to this from Pedro Moreno, 212th 65-66. He told me David Ford, 212th 71-72 died. I am posting this in the event any members want to attend the services. Please keep Faye and family in your prayers and thoughts. I could not find a full obituary. All I found is the service info.
WINNFIELD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME – NATCHITOCHES OBITUARY
Commemoration services celebrating the life of Mr Ford include the following:
Visitation at the Winnfield Funeral Home of Winnfield, LA Friday evening, February 3, 2023 from 5:00 p. m. to 6:00 p. m.
Funeral Service Saturday, February 4, 2023, 11:00 a. m. at the Church of Latter Day Saints of Winnfield, LA. The casketed remains will
lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.
Graveside Service will be held at the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville, LA Monday, February 6, 2023.
FERRISBURG, VT – It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our husband, father and brother, Joseph F. Knipes, Sr. on Monday, November 29, 2021 at UVM Medical Center. Joe succumbed to Parkinson’s disease which he contracted from Agent Orange while serving in the Vietnam conflict. While serving in Vietnam he worked with the K-9 dog unit as an MP.
Joe was born in Rutland, VT, the son of Jane (Fallon) and E. Earl Knipes. He married Sharon McKeighan from Rupert, VT on June 3, 1967. They were inseparable, enjoying 55 years together.
For many years Joe and Sharon were members of the Taconic Pipe band. Joe a drummer, Sharon a piper. Joe loved horses, traveling, and golf.
After Vietnam, he worked as a machinist in Fort Edward. He joined UPS in 1967, retiring in 2003 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1994.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters: Patricia Volk and Carolyn Bouton and his in-laws: Kenneth and Miriam McKeighan.
Left with fond memories of a loving man are his wife, Sharon; son, Joseph Knipes, Jr. of Ferrisburg; siblings: Robert (Myrtle) of Las Vegas, NV, E. Eugene of Granville, NY, Terrence (Sheila) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Mary Willey of Greenfield Center NY, Sandra Knipes of Granville NY, Susan Vincent of Queensbury, NY, and Nancy Carroll (Jerry) of Moreau, NY along with numerous nieces; nephews; and cousins.
We are indebted to the nursing staff on 4 Baird. You provided so much comfort and care during Joe’s final weeks . . . thank you.
At Joe’s request services will be private with no calling hours.
Vietnam Military Police Sentry Dog Alumni Reunion 2023 When: November 9-12, 2023 Where: Embassy Suites, Phoenix, Tempe, 4400 Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona 85282, 480-897-7444 Hotel Info: 2 Room suites $149.00 per night ( comes with complimentary parking, made to order breakfasts and evening cocktail receptions ) Presently have 30 rooms blocked for group. (Use Code: Vietnam Dog Handlers) Reservation Page: Vietnam Dog Handlers (hilton.com) Planned Activities: Thursday November 9th: Check in and mingle at catered meeting room Friday November 10th: Mingle at catered meeting room and free time. Saturday morning November 11th: Phoenix Veterans 3 mile Parade (walk or ride) (Space for riders maybe limited) Saturday afternoon November 11th: free time Saturday evening November 11th: Banquet at hotel Additional Costs: $160.00 per attendee. (For meal, room catering and transportation.) Make checks/money orders payable to “Gary S. Smith Reunion” Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, 713-614-2503
Number Attending: ________ Amount Remitted:_______________ Number Requiring to ride in the parade:___________ Send to: Gary S. Smith, 31239 Kensington Park Drive, Spring, TX 77386
I really need the remittance and number needing to ride in the parade by June, 1, 2023.
Just got the call from Cathy Forstner that her husband of 55 years lost his battle with several varieties of cancer, Agent Orange related. Joe Forstner served with the 981st 67-68. He and his MWD Ricki M230 were Stationed in Cam Ram Bay.
I received from Ernie Ayala, 212th 67-68 that his friend Jon (Steve) S. Carson 212th 67-68 passed away August 13, 2022. Please keep the family and friends in your prayer and thoughts. Here is the obituary:
Midwest Cremation & Funeral Services, LLC – Springfield
2026 W Woodland St.
JON CARSON OBITUARY
Jon Stephen “Steve” Carson, Sr., 78, of Nixa, MO passed away Friday, August 12, 2022. He was born May 19, 1944, to Erwin and Doris Carson. Arrangements have been entrusted to Midwest Cremation and Funeral Services, Springfield, MO.
Published by Midwest Cremation & Funeral Services, LLC – Springfield on Aug. 19, 2022.
Good afternoon. Paul Friedrich, 981st 68-70 alerted me to this. This is about Thomas Y. Flythe Jr., 981st 68-69. Take Care, Gary
Thomas Y. Flythe Jr., of Pennsauken, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2022 at 75 years. Beloved husband of Susan (nee Dence); Devoted father of Tracy Flythe (Mark), Thomas (Jenny) Flythe III, Carrie Flythe and Jana Flythe; Loving grandfather of Annalise, Andre, Francesca, Mateus, Noah, Isaiah, Joseph, Micah, Kelly and Kerrigan; Dear sister of the late Joan Michel; Also survived by loving nieces and nephews.
Thomas was a proud Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed playing his guitar, making model trains and loved his Yorkie dogs.
At the request of the family, all services will be held privately.
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William J. Howells, 73 of Monongahela (Valley Inn), passed away on May 15, 2022 in his home. Bill was born on December 19, 1948 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late William and Emma (Kay) Howells. After his graduation in 1966 from Monongahela High School he served in the U.S. Army Military Police as a dog handler during the Vietnam War. Bill worked for many years as a machinist and laborer for the Mitchell Power Station in Courtney until his retirement. A member of St. Andrew the Apostle in Monongahela, he belonged to the Valley Inn Sportsman Club and the Monongahela VFW Post #1409. Bill is survived by his wife Deborah (Buono) Howells who he married August 1, 1976, a sister and brother in law Kay (David) Post of Greenville, SC; three sisters in law, Linda (Bill) Hyslop of Tionesta, Cheryl (Jim) Martis of Monongahela and Pam Kroll (Bob Anderson) of River Hill along with numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews along with many good friends that he always considered his extended family. Friends will be received at the Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767 on Wednesday 4-8pm. Blessing prayers will begin in the funeral home at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian burial that will be celebrated at 10am on Thursday May 19th in St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, Monongahela. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora with military honors conducted by the Mon-Valley Honors Guard and Firing Squad. At Bill’s request in lieu of flowers please make a donation to either the Western Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors @ wpawoundedwarrior.org or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 600 Waterfront Dr #210, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Condolences can be made at marshallmarrafuneralhome.com.
This story is about Vince L. Smith 595th 71-72. Vince gave a great interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you Vince for sharing. This is from Elks River, MN Star News Mainstreams: A dog named Tap Veteran enjoyed his work as a dog handler in Vietnam by Joni Astrup Associate Editor
Vince Smith worked as a dog handler in the Army during the Vietnam War, and he wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“If I had a chance to do it over, I would. The experience was wonderful,” Smith said during an appearance Tuesday at the Elk River Activity Center.
Smith had no intentions of becoming a dog handler when he enlisted. But after finishing basic training, he was assigned to military police school in Fort Gordon, Georgia. About six weeks later, he was told he could continue training to be a dog handler, but it came with a guarantee that he would go to Vietnam. Smith took the offer and was sent to Okinawa, Japan, to work with a training dog named Dude. From there, he was stationed in Da Nang, Vietnam, and assigned a German shepherd named Tap. Tap came out of Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where the military had a procurement center. Private parties would send dogs there to be tested to see if they were acceptable for the military, Smith said.
By the time Smith was paired with Tap, the dog had a problem. Tap’s previous handler was a heroin addict, and the man would inject Tap and himself with heroin before they went to work, making the dog an addict as well.
Smith was given two weeks to work with Tap and turn him into a working dog, which he did.
Smith said the dog was smart, and responded to both verbal commands and hand motions.
“Tap was a trouper and tried to please his handler,” Smith said.
He said they didn’t use treats in training the dogs, but rather relied on the power of praise. Later, as a science teacher, he found that what worked with dogs was effective with kids, too. “The most powerful tool we had was praise,” he said.
Smith and Tap never went into combat as that wasn’t their mission. Rather, they were assigned to sentry duty and worked nights guarding assets like a warehouse, ammunition dump, fuel depot and a helicopter base. Smith said the enemy’s mode of operation was sneak in, set charges, and sneak back out.
“We prevented that from happening,” Smith said.
Smith said he never had to unleash Tap to attack a person and he never had to shoot at anyone, either. The pair did have some encounters, however.
One was at 3:30 a.m. when Tap “alerted,” indicating something was in the water of China Beach, which was a “kill area” at night and there should be nothing there. Smith said he couldn’t see or hear anything, so he reported the information via radio. Within minutes two Huey helicopters were in the air, searching the ocean. They found fishermen in an area where they weren’t supposed to be and blew up their boats as there was the possibility they were the enemy, Smith said. In another instance, Smith learned the wisdom of having a dog respond to silent commands when he and Tap were fired on from an unknown source. Smith hit the ground, but Tap was standing. Smith used a hand motion to get Tap into the crawl position, and the two crawled to a safer area where Smith radioed for help.
Tap remained in Vietnam after Smith’s tour of duty ended. The dog was 6.5 years old and beyond usefulness for the military. Tap and other dogs like him were turned over to the Vietnamese, who ate them, Smith said.
“That was a sad thing,” he said. “The culture is different, no disrespect to the Vietnamese people. They get protein just like we do, but from different sources.”
Back in the United States, Smith became the kennel master at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where a program was being set up to use dogs trained to detect drugs.
After his military service, Smith went on to teach science for 34 years in Fridley, Coon Rapids and Champlin. He had graduated from Concordia College with a degree in biology before enlisting in the service.
A native of Browns Valley, Minn. and the oldest of three boys, Smith was the son of a World War II frogman. His parents were very active in the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary.
“At a very young age, I knew that I had to do some service,” he said.
It led him halfway around the world to a dog named Tap, and a priceless experience he will never forget.
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