Most of the 5,000 Vietnam War Dogs were left behind. 

War dogs were brave canines that were an integral part of the Vietnam War, just like all the other brave soldiers.  

They provided invaluable help to their human handlers and demonstrated 

an extraordinary talent for scent detection while trained as sentries, scouts, and trackers.  

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The dogs that fought in the Vietnam War weren't the first, though; dogs have a long history of service in warfare. 

Throughout WWII, the United States formally started preparing them for roles other than messenger duty in the military.  

The Marines could choose from any breed, but the official dog was the Doberman Pinscher. 

Donated to the war effort, they were trained by the US Marine Corps for service in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1945.  

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