Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day, remembers those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Today, we remember the dogs who served.
At the onset of WWII, the US was ferrying planes to Russia and Great Britain which dictated that northerly Arctic routes would be developed. The US Army determined to use sled dogs as they could often travel where aircraft, horses or vehicles could not, and these dog teams would be the only practical method for retrieving crashed aircraft crew members.
In this picture, David Armstrong, a sled driver and trainer stands with the sled dogs he named the “Cream Team,” after making a training film for the signal corps. The army believed that all white dogs provided suitable camouflage for possible commando operations.
Photo: From “War Dogs” by Michael G. Lemish