native of Long Beach, Calif., holds security in a field with his dog Coot while halted during a
partnered security patrol with Afghan Border Police on February 4, 2012.
A Facebook friend posted the above picture, which I found very affecting. So I went to check out the Marine Corps’ “Top Shots” albums, and I discovered the below photo, as well. Both of these images display the loyalty, bravery, and sacrifice of the dogs who serve alongside our marines and soldiers on the battlefield.
handler with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, rest next to
Hatley’s dog Blue after clearing compounds with Afghan National Army soldiers during
Operation Tageer Shamal (Shifting Winds) on January 4, 2012.