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Bonded By Battle: The Powerful Friendships Of Military Dogs and Soldiers From the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom

Bonded By Battle: The Powerful Friendships Of Military Dogs and Soldiers From the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom

by Nancy Roe Pimm


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Benjamin Franklin Award Winner for YA Nonfiction Selection of the 2017 Buckeye Book Fair

“Accurate and fascinating!” — Kirkus Reviews

“A sure bet wherever military and canine titles are popular.” — School Library Journal

“Expertly captures the bonding relationship developed between human and animal under the tension of combat, where the difference between life and death is many times determined by a dog.” — John Burnam, creator of the U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument

Dogs have faithfully followed humans into combat since the dawn of time. At first they simply provided emotional support. As soldiers found ways to use the canine’s remarkable senses of smell and hearing, their bond deepened. The military working dog team was born.

Today dog teams are active across all branches of the military. Some perform tasks that are so specialized that, as author Nancy Roe Pimm discovered firsthand, the dogs are considered state secrets and can’t be photographed.
Pimm tells the story of this evolving relationship between dogs and soldiers from the Civil War onward. Whether detecting mustard gas in World War I or improvised explosive devices in Iraq, the U.S. canine corps have adapted to modern warfare at every turn, with a reliability rating that technology has yet to match.
The dog’s unmatched sense of smell and hearing proved invaluable in the jungle warfare of Vietnam, detecting booby traps and enemy movements and saving an estimated 10,000 American lives. Stories of their epic bravery circulated widely, like that of Nemo, who lay atop his wounded handler during a fierce firefight, never flinching even with one eye shot out.
However, as late as the 21st century, while a new generation of highly trained IED-detecting dogs was taking to the streets of Fallujah, official policy continued to treat them as little more than expendable equipment. The soldiers whose hearts had been touched — and whose lives had been saved — stepped up and fought several hard-won battles for the rights of their canine companions.
Pimm, a distinguished author of nonfiction for young readers, relates this evolving relationship between dogs and soldiers with heart and humor. The book carries the story up to the present day, including the 2016 legislation that would grant these dogs the same privileges and military honors bestowed on their handlers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946248060
Publisher: Quindaro Press
Publication date: 03/01/2021
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 464,117
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Nancy Roe Pimm is the author of nonfiction narratives for young readers. Her book Colo’s Story: The Life of One Grand Gorilla was selected as a Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) title for 2013 and 2014. She is also the author of The Indy 500: The Inside Track, The Daytona 500: The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race, The Heart of the Beast: Eight Great Gorilla Stories, and The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World. All five titles were Junior Library Guild Selections. She lives in Ohio.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition vi

Introduction: It Takes Two 1

The Civil War (1861-1865)

Dog Jack 11

World War I (1914-1918)

Rinty 17

Stubby 27

World War II (1939-1945)

Smoky 39

Should a Dog Get a Silver Star? 53

Roger Wilco 61

Korean War (1950-1953) and Vietnam War (1964-1975)

Nemo 67

Clipper 79

Robby's Law 91

Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2011)

Rex 97

Gabe 111

Epilogue 119

Author's Note 127

Notes 131

Photo Credits 136

Bibliography 137

Index 141

About the Author 143

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