To locate this cache you must first find where this monument was erected. It will require approximately 3 miles of driving and less than a 1 mile hike, with a few hundred feet of easy bushwacking.
Resting at his paws lays a granite slab with an inscription honoring all of the heroic dogs who have served in our Armed Forces. To find the actual cache itself, you will need to use the information written on this piece of granite. While you may be able to find a picture on-line, I suggest that you visit the site, since one of the lines may be too hard to see in online photos.
They are brave and loyal. They fight and die for their comrades. That they are dogs doesn't really matter. They have a place of honor in American history.
They have been assisting human armies for thousands of years. By the Middle Ages dogs wore coats of mail just as knights did. Later, Benjamin Franklin wanted dogs to become a part of the colonial militia.
The history of our war dogs began when a homeless bull terrier wandered into a training camp of the army's 102nd Infantry at Yale University. In World War I, the British, Belgian, Italian and French armies trained thousands of dogs as messengers, sentries or to find and comfort the wounded on the battlefield. On the other side, the Germans deployed 7000 dogs, with thousands more in reserve. But the U.S.Army had no such program.
Nevertheless, the homeless bull terrier that had wandered into the Connecticut National Guard's training area had been named Stubby and adopted as a mascot. Stubby went on to go overseas with the 102nd Infantry Regiment during World War I and save his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks and locating wounded soldiers -- earning the "unofficial war dog" a decoration for valor awarded by General John Pershing.
It was not until 1942 the U.S. Armed Forces began it's first war dog training program. By 1945 they had trained almost 10,000 war dogs for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Fifteen War Dog platoons served overseas in World War II. Seven saw service in Europe and eight in the Pacific. In 1951 the responsibility for training military dogs was given to the Military Police Corps.
Most war dogs trained for World War II were German shepherds or Labrador retrievers (for their superior noses), but the 3rd War Dog Platoon consisted of all Dobermans. In the battle of Guam, a Doberman named Kurt saved the lives of 250 Marines when he warned them of Japanese troops ahead. Kurt is honored by a life-sized bronze and granite memorial on Guam. Carved into the stone are names of 25 other Dobermans who gave their lives there.
Michael Lemish, author of War Dogs: A History of Loyalty and Heroism (Batsford Brassey), says canines can work as scouts, trackers, messengers, and detectors of mines and booby traps. With their sense of smell, they can detect enemy soldiers at 1,000 yards, hear the whine of a gentle breeze blowing over the tripwire of a booby trap, and smell the breath of underwater saboteurs breathing through a reed. In Vietnam, they were invaluable for locating snipers and checking tunnels and huts.
Now, more than 30 years later, handlers still tell of their dogs' heroics. Quoted in VFW magazine, handler Bill Peeler, with tears in his eyes, talks about his dog, Rex. "I think of him most every day and have his picture hanging in my office. He saved my life many times."
On February 21, 2000, the War Dog Memorial was unveiled at March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA and an identical memorial was dedicated October 8, 2000, (Columbus Day) at the National Infantry Museum, Ft. Benning, Columbus, Ga. The 19-foot high bronze memorials depict a combat-attired GI with a dog at his side. The inscription reads: They protected us on the field of battle. They watch over our eternal rest. We are grateful.
Through these ceremonies veterans hope to raise public awareness about the life-saving canines.
This War Dog Memorial was dedicated in June of 2002 thanks to the hard work of the American Legion Post 114.
Cache location N43° AB.CDE, W071° FG.HIJ
AB=Count the number of characters on the second line, this will give you a two digit number
C=Count the number of “G”’s on the plaque
D=Add the numbers of “S”s plus the number of “2”s
E=Count the number of letters of the last two words of the third line
F=Subtract the numbers in the order that they appear from each other
G=Count the number of “W”s
H=Same as D
IJ=Count the number of letters on the entire plaque, again this will be a two digit number
Located at the first waypoint there is also a monument to our veterans of the two legged persuasion. Take a moment while there and please respect the area. There is no need to do anything other then read the inscription on the stone.
Make sure to bring along your own War Dog, the final has some special dog items for the first few four legged cachers. I will only vouch for the coordinates to get you within 30-50 feet, as the tree cover is dense. The cache is hidden in a very geo-typical way. Sign the log, trade an item, enjoy the area, and please replace as found.
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