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In honor of this coming Memorial Day weekend, we thought we would share some tidbits on the history of Memorial Day before we all get swept up in the warm weather and weekend festivities.

Memorial Day is our day of remembrance of those men and women who died in service to our country. It was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation’s Civil War dead by decorating their graves. The first known observance was in Waterloo, N.Y. on May 5, 1866. (In fact, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Waterloo as the official birthplace of Memorial Day)

In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday, to be recognized on the last Monday in May. Today, Memorial Day is observed at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Also, it is customary for the president or vice-president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

. On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Remembering the reason for this special day, we wish you a safe, restful, and enjoyable holiday weekend spent with your friends and family.

--http://www.history.com

Welcome to the Official Web Site of the 47th Infantry Platoon (Scout Dog)

Please scroll down and discover the story of our unit. Updated often!

Announcement:

April 20, 2022

In 1997 I created the 47th Infantry Platoon (Scout Dog) website to honor the scout dogs and their handlers and to preserve the history of the unit in Vietnam from 1968 through 1971. Former platoon members, their families, and others contributed to the extensive content on the website.

This year I donated the 47th website to the online archives of the Military Working Dog Heritage Museum (MWDHM). This donation provides a permanent home on the internet for the 47th website where it will be available to current and future generations for education and research. The website link remains the same, 47ipsd.us, and I will continue to accept contributions of content, provide updates and maintenance, and respond to requests from users.

Thank you to the folks at the MWDHM for their willingness and technical assistance in hosting this website. Specific thanks go to the Board of Directors who assisted in this transition, including Mr. Albert Johnson, President, Ms. Dixie Whitman, Secretary, and Mr. Albert Bretado, Webmaster.

Jonathan Wahl
Webmaster, 47ipsd.us
Vietnam, 1968-69


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Announcing Paw Power, a never before published manuscript written by platoon member SGT Rusty Allen. This graphic book recounts, in his own words, SGT Allen's 1968-69 experiences while he served with his Scout Dog "Sig" in the 47th Scout Dog Platoon.

         Click the photo at left for the Table of Contents containing the chapter links plus a 2010 radio interview with Rusty.

© 1996, 2012, by Rusty Allen, all rights reserved.

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paw print  Brief Unit History
paw print  Area of Operation Maps (Sally, Phu Bai, Vietnam)
paw print  Platoon Diary:  1968 | 1969 | 1970 | 1971updated
paw print  47th IPSD Videosnew
paw print  Flashback Photos: Page 1 | Page 2updated
paw print  Flashback Album
paw print  Highlight Photos Archiveupdated
paw print  Scout Dog Photos and Rosterupdated
paw print  Vietnam: Memories from the 47th
paw print  Platoon Poster
paw print  Commander's Briefing Guide (1969)
paw print  Original Documents - reports, letters, certificatesUpdated
paw print  Alphabetical Platoon RosterUpdated
paw print  Platoon Member Online Directoryupdated
paw print  Organization Chart 1968-1971updated
paw print  47th IPSD Platoon Commandersnew new audio program added 11/05/2019
paw print  Press Clippingsupdated
paw print  Linn Sprowl: Original Platoon Sgt.
paw print  Reunion News & Albumupdated
paw print  2002 Reunion Photo Album
paw print John Carter's Return to Vietnam 2009 Photo Album  new

Other Sources of Information:

paw print  Links To Related Sites
paw print  Brother Platoon: 59th Scout Dog Platoon Alpha Roster
paw print  Brother Platoon: 59th Scout Dog Platoon History
paw print  Brother Platoon: 59th Scout Dog Platoon Dog Roster
paw print  K9 Corps: Brief History of War Dogs in US Military
paw print  Vietnam War History, Presidents' Speeches, Published Commentary

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paw print  View Our Guestbook
paw print  View Our Old Guestbook (10/7/97-12/19/00)
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Issues of the 47th IPSD News: Bert Hubble's Bow-Wow Report:
paw print  Volume 1, Issue 1, April, 1997 paw print October, 2004
paw print  Volume 1, Issue 2, May, 1997 paw print All Bow-Wow Issues
paw print  Volume 1, Issue 3, July, 1997

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