Published May 20, 2015
U.S. Air Force dog handlers provided a unique and critical capability in defending air bases against attack. (U.S. Air Force photo).
A1C David Shark with his sentry dog Heino at Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, South Vietnam. It is not possible to overestimate the incredible bond that existed between handler and dog. The handler trusted the dog with his life, and the dog was absolutely loyal, even to the death. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Sentry dog alerts to movement outside the perimeter of Phan Rang Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Security Police team with a dog on an early morning reconnaissance patrol near Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam, in 1967. (U.S. Air Force photo).
U.S. Air Force dogs received extensive training, including learning to attack upon command. This photo was taken at Lackland AFB, Texas, in 1970. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Throneburg, who was still in the hospital, seeing Nemo for the first time after the attack. (Image courtesy of the Security Forces Museum).
Nemo after recovering from his wound.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)