1st . Lt. George Lynn, Jr. and his dog, Laddie. early in 1944. Laddie
was nine months old in the photos. 1st . Lt. Lynn, Jr. was stationed in
Chicago at the University of Chicago, training medical students to
become medics. Laddie was his personal compaion. Laddie was trained by
Lt. Lynn, Jr. to do a building searches, and he used Laddie for that
purpose when he had to do the rounds at night. During the time he was
stationed in Chicago, Lt. Lynn, Jr. became friends with an Army “canine
recruiter” for “Dogs for Defense”. After much soul searching, Laddie
was loaned to “Dogs for Defense” and went to the Remount Station in
Front Royal, Virginia as a possible war dog.
Just before Lt. Lynn, Jr. shipped out to the Pacific, he went to Front
Royal to see Laddie who was just finishing his training. He was told
when he got there that he couldn’t see the dog, but Lt. Lynn, Jr. had a
very forceful personality and in the end they let him visit with his
dog. Lt. Lynn, Jr. spent the rest of the war with the 1113 Engineer
Construction Group in New Guinea, the Philippines and Okinawa and
returned home with a purple heart.
After the war, Lt. Lynn, Jr. continued his interest in German Shepherds
and in fact bred and showed them. Soon after the war while visiting a
local German Shepherd Kennel, he ran into his friend from Chicago – the
Dogs for Defense guy. He was still looking for dogs to be loaned to the
military. He remembered Laddie and said that he had distinguished
himself very well during the war. Laddie also was shipped to the Pacific
theater and used to lay wire. He survived the war and was used
afterwards to guard the quarters of the commanding officer of a base in
the Pacific – the black and cream shepherd named Laddie who had a kink
in his tail. Lt. Lynn, Jr. never was able to learn of Laddie’s fate
after that. Good boy, Laddie.
Daughter of Lt. Lynn, Jr.