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U S M C Pit Bull Hero

Discussion in 'APBT History' started by F.W.K., Jan 12, 2018.

  1. F.W.K.

    F.W.K. Retired Historican

    U S M C Pit Bull Hero

    Ma'am or Sir,
    Enclosed is a feature about a pit bull mascot with a Marine unit in Okinawa, Japan, for your review. Cutlines are contained in the "file info" of each photo. If you decide to use it, we ask only that you give our reporter proper credit in your bylines. Also, if you choose to use them, please let me know by responding to this e-mail, as we do our best to track our outside releases. Your response helps us determine if our efforts to send out stories is on track. Thank you for your time.

    Semper Fi,
    Sgt. Pauline L. Franklin
    Consolidated Public Affairs Office

    "John Wayne' joins recon battalion"
    by Cpl. Jeff Womack
    Consolidated Public Affairs Office
    Okinawa, Japan


    CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa, Japan -- Rhythmic, booming taps occupy the air of the 5th Force Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division's main office hallway as a large creature makes its way to the Training and Operations Office.

    Its body is covered with black, coarse hair on top with a sharp white blotch on its chest. He weighs 95 pounds and exudes confidence. This animal is known throughout the base as Private First Class "Big Duke Six," 5th Force Reconnaissance Battalion's pit bull mascot.

    Duke, respectfully named after John Wayne, is four years old and has been with the unit since May 1999.

    "We believe he was a Japanese fighting dog before we picked him up at the [kennel]," said Gunnery Sgt. James B. Smith, training chief and caretaker for Duke. "He was originally the platoon mascot for 1st platoon, Company A. He picks up his official orders as the battalion mascot this week."

    The Duke's daily routine is almost equal to a reconnaissance Marine's schedule.

    "He'll run physical training with us and go the whole three miles," said Smith. "He'll even sit out in front of the office and wait for another platoon to run by, [and] chase some units down the road."

    With all of the exposure to different Marines each day, Duke tries to mimic humans.

    "He'll sit in chairs, thinking he's a person," said Smith. "He even sleeps on a cot at night."

    With Duke's new billet as battalion mascot, new things await him.

    "We're building him a six-foot wide, seven-foot tall and eight-foot deep doghouse," said Smith. "We're even putting a love seat in it which he likes to sit on."

    Duke may have his comical moments, but still stands as a pillar of pride for the battalion.

    "He's a very loyal dog," said Smith. "If you mess with him, he'll align you."

    This article was 1st published in the Pit Bull Reporter.
  2. mccoypitbulls

    mccoypitbulls Underdog

    Demon dogs and hell hogs.
  3. GK1

    GK1 Big Dog

    Rather Devil Dogs/Teufel Hunden.. Nice find. This article pulled some memory files I haven’t accessed in some time. Camp Schwab/Oki…did some time there early in my career and again later. Not really the point of the article, but Duke was probably not a pit bull..maybe a Tosa or bandog.
  4. c_note

    c_note CH Dog

    I highly doubt he was a Tosa. To make the native dog your mascot is a lil backwards, no? That and black Tosas are/were VERY rare and sought after. He might have been pit/Tosa tho, bandog/mutt
  5. GK1

    GK1 Big Dog

    Maybe. Yet I don't think the Marines gave a shit about the origin of an otherwise good dog. Sounds like it was a local rescue of some sort.
  6. c_note

    c_note CH Dog


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