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I have seen this documentary twice and will see it countless times for the rest of my life. I have never seen a documentary that actually made me feel and cry for the people, and dogs so much. I am outraged that governments as well as people can forget these soldiers and loyal friends. This programme made me think about friendship and loyalty, and I ask anyone who wants to check their moral compass or just check what friendship really means, see this. Because I'll tell you, I don't think I have friends like these dogs and those handlers did, and to finish I think these dogs can show humans a thing or two about being human.
This really is an incredibly moving documentary. Strange how you find these
things, just flicking through the channels one boring Saturday morning last
week and I came across it. At first I thought 'oh just another Vietnam war
docu.' but it gradually gripped my attention, helped by the powerful voice
of Martin Sheen. Incredible interviews with the dog handlers/soldiers
speaking so articulately about their war experiences and these wonderful
animals who saved their and their buddies lives. I tell you, mid way
I was in tears myself, it was very touching seeing grown men and former
soldiers speaking so emotionally about these animals who became like
brothers. Even though I'm not American and was born after the Vietnam war,
began feeling a great sense of pride in these guys as if they had been my
own uncles or my dad. And equally I felt for the sufferings and bravery of
the German Shepherds and Labradors on the battlefields. This is a story of
brave human beings and their equally courageous dogs, thousands of whom
would die in loyal service.
The way they were abandoned at the end of the war by the Army was despicable and made me ill almost. I began to think, in anger at the Army's stance afterwards, that maybe it was just a stunt to get people to open their cheque books or whatever but quickly I realised that the experiences and deep felt tragedies felt by the dog handlers was GENUINE as tears were flowing from these mens eyes. I then began looking for as much info as I could on the web and in books and I'm just beginning to learn more. I was disappointed AND thrilled to see that by the time I saw it, in May 2002, two memorials had been built. Disappointed because I couldn't contribute to them but also thrilled that the memory of the men and their war dogs had finally been honoured. And now I myself will contribute to the up keep of those war memorials. I urge people to buy the video of this story, and I also pay tribute to the people who financed this production and made it all possible.
"War Dogs - America's Forgotten Heros" tells the powerful story of the 4,000
dogs that served in Vietnam and saved countless lives. The stories of the
German Shepherd dogs that served as Scout Dogs, Sentry Dogs, Tracker Dogs
and Water Dogs are very accurately shown in this film.
This documentary skillfully combines original film footage with interviews and reenactments to provide the viewer with a film that is certain be remembered.
As a member of the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association and a Sentry Dog Handler at Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN from 3/66 to 3/67, I highly recommend viewing this film about America's forgotten heros.
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