WAR DOG Chapter 3 Paradise Lost

WAR DOG Chapter 3 Paradise Lost

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#1 Aug 4, 2010
Things were touch and go for the broken little dog but as the men suspected Soochow refused to die and after seversl weeks he began to show signs of recovery but it would be several months before he returned to a healthy state. From that time Soochow had a pronounced hump on his back that added to his already bizarre appearance. By the time things began to return to normal for Soochow and the 4th Marines the political situation in China began to heat up and it became obvious to the men that something big was in the works. The Japs were getting more hostile every day and the troops of other nations began to pull out. It was the beginning of November, 1941 when the 4th Marines who had been a part of Shanghai for nearly 15 years were ordered to the Philippines. On November 28 thousands of Chinese citizens lined the streets of Shanghai to give their final goodby to their Marine friends and a chapter of the history of the United States Marine Corp ended. The Marines boarded the USS Harrison and waved goodby to China for the last time. Many of the guys were leaving behind fond memories and girl friends they would never see again. But what was to become of Soochow? You just don't bring a dog onto a United States Navel vessel. That is something you just do not do. It is totally against military regulations. The captain and officers of the ship would have little sympathy for the plight of a little lost pooch some guys wanted to bring along. But then they had no idea of the bond that existed between this dog and these men. Soochow wasen't just a mascot now he was a Marine and no power on earth could force them to abandon their fellow Marine to certain death at the hands of the enemy. What the Captain and officers did not know was that Soochow was smuggled aboard with their gear in the middle of the night. And so they sailed off to an uncertain future towards the island of Corrigidore that would prove to be a nightmare for the next five months!
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