The story of how a German Shepherd named Prince who was left in Vietnam years ago and what befell him after that has been revealed.
Prince was a true warrior. He received two Purple Hearts though they are only reserved for humans. Prince made history by becoming a Navy SEAL.
Together with hundreds of military working dogs that were protecting US troops, Prince was left back in Vietnam.
Prince’s service of protecting US troops in Vietnam mattered less at the time of US troops departure.
The Pentagon alleged the MWDS could transmit dangerous diseases if taken back to the US. Although many of these dogs had been family pets just like Prince in Norfolk, Virginia, they were put down in Vietnam soon after the war.
What is upsetting about Prince’s case is that he was brought home to retire after completing his mission to Vietnam in June 1970.
Despite opposition from Norfolk SPCA and most of his fans, Prince was returned to Vietnam after the Pentagon heard he was in the US.
After the war, US troops left the MWDs in Vietnam. Military personnel put down 1600 dogs and left with only about 200.
The South Vietnamese army was given some of the dogs, and it’s believed many of them died when the north stormed the army. Many died of starvation after being abandoned.
The fate of Prince has remained a mystery for nearly half a century. Earlier this month, details of what happened to Prince were revealed by reporter Joanne Kimberlin in a three-part story for Virginian-Pilot.
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