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Dogs of War: Friends and Saviors of Marines in Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Cpl. Sharadan Reetz (left), 21, from Indianola, Iowa, and Lance Cpl. Jarrett Hatley, 21, from Millingport, N.C., an assaultman and a dog handler with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, rest next to Blue, an improvised explosive device detection dog, after clearing compounds with Afghan National Army soldiers during Operation Winter Offensive here, Jan. 4, 2012. On a Feb. 8 security patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers in Helmand province’s Garmsir district, Hatley and Blue found a 40-pound IED in a canal only moments before a dozen more men were to cross it. “My dog Blue is pretty much like another Marine, I guess,” Hatley said. “He doesn’t know he’s doing it, but he’s protecting all of us. If I have him on a patrol and there’s an IED that could hurt us, I know he’ll find it.”



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This work, Dogs of War: Friends and Saviors of Marines in Afghanistan [Image 8 of 10], by Sgt Reece Lodder, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:01.04.2012

Date Posted:04.01.2012 14:03

Photo ID:552546

VIRIN:120104-M-MM918-003

Resolution:2100x1345

Size:2.22 MB

Location:GARMSIR DISTRICT, AFGlobe

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