December 15, 1943

Four-Legged Marine Heroes
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Marine Corps last night released information about some of its newest heroes of combat: devil dogs. The deeds of these literal dogs often go unheralded, but they proved their worth in the fighting against the Japanese on Bougainville in the South Pacific. Among the dogs called out for their heroism was a German shepherd named Caesar. For three days, he carried messages and maps between headquarters and M company on the front lines, the only line of communication the company had. Caesar was shot on the third day, but marines carried him in a stretcher, with as much care as would be shown a fallen human comrade, to an aid station where he was patched up and then evacuated. Marines reportedly earned the moniker Devil Dogs from German troops during the Battle of Belleau Wood during the Great War due to the ferocity they showed in battle.

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