Working War Dogs at the Nimitz
Military Working Dogs provide a valuable asset to the Department of Defense and are an integral part of today’s military. Enjoy watching an actual training session of these working dogs this Saturday, July 25 at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg.
Military working dogs and their trainers from Lackland AFB will provide an educational demonstration in the Museum’s Memorial Courtyard at 10:30 AM. At 1:30 P.M. the Museum is honored to present the documentary film War Dogs of the Pacific in the Admiral Nimitz Museum Ballroom. Mr. Harris Done, the film’s director, will present a program following the film.
War Dogs of the Pacific tells the incredible story of the Marine Dog Platoons of World War II. It is a heart-warming exploration of the unique bond that formed between the young Marines and their dogs that teamed up to perform dangerous missions. Their success at finding the hidden enemy saved countless lives in the Pacific.
The Army Quartermaster Corps began the US Armed Forces’ first war dog training during World War II. By 1945, they had trained almost 10,000 war dogs for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Eight war dog platoons served in the Pacific.
Throughout the Vietnam Conflict military working dogs were used with great success. Most were used to safeguard critical installations such as ports and airfields. In the 1990s and the early part of this century, military working dogs were deployed around the globe in military operations such as Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Today all military working dog teams can be utilized for force protection and antiterrorism operations, special-reaction team operations, and high-risk targets support.
Appropriate for family members of all ages, the morning outdoor demonstration is free. The afternoon film presentation is free with regular Museum admission.
The National Museum of the Pacific War, a Texas Historical Commission property operated by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, is located in Fredericksburg, Texas, the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. It is the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater of World War II. Its theme is:
To inspire our youth by honoring our heroes.”
ts at the Nimitz:
Premier Showing of The Secret Camera – the story which highlight the experiences of a Marine prisoner of war and his quest to bring to light the losses of life and the brutal treatment of those who were held prisoner by the Japanese during WWII.
August is Lou Reda Month:
Throughout the month films by the famed producer of WWII documentaries for the History Channel and A&E will be shown at the Nimitz. These include:
August 3-7: Unsung Heroes
August 10-14: Battles that Doomed Japan
August 17-21: Tributes to the Services
August 24-28: Lou’s Other Favorites
64th Anniversary of Surrender commemorated with a showing of Lou Reda’s film
V-J Day: The Day that Changed the World.
A special commendation remembering the tragic loss of the 2,819 people killed in the 9/11 attacks against the United States in 2001.
September 12 & 13:
Living History programs at Museum’s Pacific Combat Zone featuring WWII reenactments.. Three shows each day: 10:30 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM.
Annual Symposium: The courageous actions of the U.S. submariners and B-29 pilots during the final months of the Pacific War.
November 7 & 8:
Living History programs at Museum’s Pacific Combat Zone featuring WWII reenactments. Three shows each day: 10:30 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM.
Grand Opening of the expanded George H.W. Bush Gallery of the National Museum of the Pacific War. Guest of Honor: President George H.W. Bush.