Cappy and the Devil Dogs of the Marine Corps
By | June 26, 2018
Few breeds of dog are as intimidating as the Doberman. Powerful, strong, and imposing, this breed was designed to be scary enough to ward off danger, which is why the Doberman breed was adopted by the United States Marine Corps as their canine companion of choice. The USMC’s Devil Dogs, as they became known, served alongside the Marines…and the heroism of one of the Devil Dogs, Cappy, saved the lives of hundreds of men during the Battle for Guam.
Dobermans were the Marine’s Best Friend
Even before the U.S.’s involvement in World War II, the United States Marine Corp recognized the value of Dobermans as war dogs. During the Banana Wars in Central America during the first few decades of the 1900s, the Marines encountered guard dogs situated around the perimeter of guerrilla encampments that thwarted their efforts at surprising the enemy. For their own team of sentry dogs, the Marines looked to the Doberman, a dog breed that was specially created to be a guard dog.