Two Marines with their Doberman

The original intention of the Doberman was to serve as a personal protector. It's qualities soon became apparent to both the German police and military who, in WWII were estimated to have trained more than 200,000 war dogs. The United States Marine Corp., during WWII, also became interested in the Doberman Pinscher. Seven Doberman War Dog Platoons were trained at Camp LeJeune. The 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th platoons were sent to the European theater where they served mostly as centuries. The others were sent to the Pacific where 1st Platoon saw incredible action on Bougainville, Guam, and Okinawa, and 2nd and third saw comparably hellish action on Guadalcanal, Kwajalein, Enewetak, and Guam. These Dobermans served many roles including duties as a century, messenger, patrol point, tracking, and many others. These Dobermans were credited for saving many American lives and are the official Marine Corp. War Dog. Most of the soldiers had never seen a Doberman before and were so impressed with it's sleek beauty and performance that they began to refer to them as the Devil Dogs. Later, on July 21, 1994, some of these soldiers dedicated the Always Faithful Doberman War Dog Memorial to the twenty-five Dobermans that died liberating Guam in 1944.

National War Dog Memorial Logo, link to their site

Book: Always Faithful, William W. Putney