FRIDAY FOTO (October 9, 2015)

October 9, 2015 at 12:03 am Leave a comment

Devil Dogs’ Dog.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis)

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Austin A. Lewis)

The story goes that after the hard-fought battle of Belleau Wood in World War I, the Germans — shocked by the tenacity and marksmanship of the U.S. Marines — said the Marines fought like “Teufel hunde,” devil dogs. The story may be apocryphal but the Marines had a new nickname: Devil Dogs.

Well here is one of their military working dogs all kitted up with protective goggles, muzzle and safety harness before the start of special patrol insertion and extraction training at the Marines’ Camp Lejeune, North Carolina late last month.

During this kind of exercise the Marines fast rope down from a hovering helicopter. That begs the question: How do you get a dog down from a helicopter that can’t land in hostile territory?

Here’s the answer:

 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Austin A. Lewis)

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Austin A. Lewis)

This Marine and his canine colleague, both with Marine Raider Regiment, hang from a UH-1Y Huey chopper assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, during special patrol insertion/extraction training at Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 23, 2015. HMLA-167 Marines flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to assist Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) with the training.

The Raider Regiment and MARSOC are part of U.S. Special Operations Command, which oversees all the services’ elite specialty units like Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Air Force combat air controllers and Marine Raiders

To see more photos of this doggy and his Marine Raider companions, click here.

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