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Bob Forsyth « North Carolina's WWII ExperienceNorth Carolina's WWII Experience

Bob Forsyth

– Long Island, NY
First Marine War Dog Platoon, Second Raider Battalion

Another unusual World War II story is the Marine war dog program at Camp Lejeune — the only branch of the service to use dogs in actual combat. Bob Forsyth was a member of the original war dog unit that was shipped to the Pacific. He and his dog, Liney, saw service in three combat landings there, Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa. Bob says Liney and the other canines who led patrols and served as messengers between the two trainers assigned to them, were most effective in jungle warfare and saved countless lives with their unique skills and courage. Forsyth now lives in Pinhurst, NC.