Looking for famous military dog names for your furry new patriotic pal? Check out 5 of our favorites, plus the meaning behind them! Dogs have many different traits. They’re sociable, loving and active, but one of their best traits is loyalty. You hear stories almost every day of dogs risking their lives to save, protect or defend people. The military is certainly no exception, as there have been numerous dogs throughout history who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
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Famous Military Dog Names
During World War II, Chips was known as the most decorated dog. Chips is a mixed dog breed of Collie, Siberian Husky and German Shepherd. In 1942, he was sent to sentry dog training in Front Royal, Virginia at the War Dog Training Center. He was a member of the 3rd Infantry Division of the United States Army and was discharged in 1945. Chips is credited with saving the life of his handler, Private John Rowell, during the Invasion of Sicily.
Rags was a mixed breed terrier dog, who during World War I was the mascot of the 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army in 1918, stationed in France. Rags remained their mascot until his death on March 6, 1936. He was buried with military honors in Silver Springs, Maryland. During the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in 1918 in Argonne Forest, France, Rags was responsible for saving numerous lives, due to his training in giving warning signs of incoming explosive shells.
Sinbad was a mixed dog breed and a Non-Commissioned Officer of the United States Coast Guard. He was enlisted in 1937 and spent 11 years aboard the USCGC Campbell ship. Sinbad was honorably discharged on September 21, 1948, with the ranking of Chief Dog- K9C- the equivalent of Chief Petty Officer. Sadly, he died on December 30, 1951 and was buried at the Barnegat Lighthouse in New Jersey, the site of his retirement from the Coast Guard.
Nemo was a German Shepherd, who was employed during the Vietnam War by the United States Coast Guard. He was stationed at the Tan Son Nhut Air Base, near Saigon, Vietnam. On December 4, 1966, the facility was under attack by the National Liberation Front. Nemo, who was tasked with attacking the NLF, suffered a gunshot wound on his nose and lost one of his eyes. Nemo died in December of 1972 at Lackland Air Force Base in Bexar County, Texas.
Sallie Ann Jarrett was a Pit Bull Terrier, who was the mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry of the United States Army during the American Civil War. She was positioned on the front lines and was trained to bark aggressively at enemy soldiers. Sallie’s first day of combat was on July 1, 1863, the start of the Battle of Gettysburg. When she became separated from the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry, it was feared she had been killed, but days later she was located, guarding the bodies of the wounded and deceased regiment comrades. Sallie died on February 6, 1865, when she was hit and killed by a bullet at Hatcher’s Run, Virginia.