Military pets perform critical roles in the service
of their country. Pet Vets parachute into hot zones, playfully jump on grenades,
or lead a charge to the mess hall garbage cans. Hero or lazy mooch? Both raise
the morale of our warriors on the eve of battle.
Let Loose the Dead Dogs of War!
A Special Sad Pet Vet Story from Rapid City, SD
Ellsworth Air Force Base was home to the legendary Master Sergeant Bismarck,
the GI's beer-drinking, officer-hating mongrel mascot of World War II. A generation
of air force personnel believed his final resting place was at the end of the
Ellsworth runway. In the mid-1980s, base officials vainly searched for Bismarck's
remains, hoping to bestow honors on the fifty-pound canine.
Finally Bill Aisenbrey, a retired corporal with veterinary duties, fessed
up. Aisenbrey said he kept it secret that Bismarck developed a gangrenous infection
in 1951 and was destroyed, then cremated in the base incinerator. "Nobody would
believe me anyhow," he said."Or they might have lynched me. He was very popular
with the GIs."
[From a story by the Rapid City Journal]