WAR DOG The Incredible Journey Of Sgt. Soochow United States Marine Corp
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Since: Jul 10
#1 Jul 31, 2010
It was a typical warm day under the Califorina sun when a group of World Was ii Marine veterans gathered on Guadalcanal Street at the Marine Corp Recruit Depot in 1986. They were there to reminisce and pay their respects to an old friend. They stood before the memorial marker for the canine mascots of MCRD. There were several names engraved on the stone obelisk. Names like James Jolly Plum Duff, Duffy's Limey Grogg,Jigger and Duffy. But one name, for these men stood out like the Star of Bethlehem and that name was Soochow. Little Sooch wandered into a Marine guard post located along the Soochow Creek in Shanghai China in 1937 and thus begins the incredible true story of a great Marine war hero.........
This story will take several posts to present in it's entirity. It is the story of a group of men known as the "China Marines" and the good life they had in Shanghai prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the heroic defense of corrigador and the three hellish years spent in a notorious Japanese prison camp. It is the story of how a small mongrel dog accompanied these heroic men through the entire saga and how he saved many of their lives and gave them a reason to survive through the worst of times. It is the story of the 4th Marines........
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