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Date Posted: 15:12:45 01/04/09 SunPST
Author: David A.Dimick AF 17723456 (ok today)
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Subject: Re: Vietnam Dog Information
In reply to: Kenneth Fowler 's message, "Re: Vietnam Dog Information" on 13:13:00 05/30/03 FriPDT

I served between March 67-68, at Cam Ranh Bay RVN in the 12th SPS K-9.

My dog was Valentine 3F38.
He died in Feb.68 from stomach torsion(?) caused by fermrnting chow,that was probably left out in the sun too long in his kennel.
I was ordered to participate in his neucropsy and had to weigh his organs,ect. with the vet.Totally unnessessary,just after loosing my best friend.
Valentine was a warrior aat heart and always watched my back and loved to run off leash in the dunes.He was a hero to me and I'm only alive because of Valentine. Grusome,to say the least.I pray that no other handler had to do this,but I know that the vet needed my help in determining how he died.The vets had as much pain as I experienced.
It's taken 40 years and a lot of VA counseling to resolve survivor guilt.I'm 100% VA PTSD disabled.The PTSD did not come on until was about 55 when I retired as a sergant with the TxDPS,Texas Rangers.
Any info that is available in the reccords would be appreciated.
David Dimick
Kerrvile, TX

>>Are you a Vietnam Vet dog handler? Do you want to know
>>what happened to your dog? Would like to know what
>happened to Timber 8A92 of the 6498th Security Police
>>The VDHA has access to some information about dogs
>>that served in Vietnam. Compiled by Dr. Howard Hayes,
>>these records are a result of his painstaking research
>>into the affect Agent Orange had our dogs. A result of
>>his research is a pretty accurate list of dogs, their
>>brand number, unit and the dispositon of the dog.
>>So, if you're were a dog handler in Vietnam and would
>>like to know what happened to your dog, e-mail me and
>>we'll look it up for you. If you served after 1968 we
>>have about a 90% chance of finding the info. Prior to
>>that the records were, well, let's say they were not
>>that good, maybe 50%.
>>Tom Mitchell
>>Founding Member, Vietnam Dog Handler Association

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