Dinner & Movie – “War Dogs of the Pacific”

  • Date(s): Monday, October 28th 2013
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Niobrara County Library

On Monday, October 28, at 6 p.m., we will continue the film series featuring films about humanity’s most devoted companion, the dog.

It’s 1942, somewhere in the Pacific: Deadly ambushes by entrenched Japanese in the thick jungles take a heavy toll on American troops. Marine commanders were willing to try anything, including using dogs to sniff out the hidden enemy. But even with their superior senses, nobody anticipated just how effective they would be.

“War Dogs of the Pacific,” a documentary directed by Harris Done, tells the incredible story of the Marine Dog Platoons of World War II. It’s a heart-warming exploration of the unique bond that formed between the young marines and their dogs. They teamed up to perform dangerous missions, but their success at finding the hidden enemy saved countless lives in the Pacific. These dogs proved themselves worthy of the title, ‘man’s best friend.’

Filled with tales of devotion, bravery and sacrifice, the story is told by the dog handlers themselves. The film follows the men and their dogs through training and into combat, from the invasion of Guam to operations on Saipan, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. The film is filled with exciting historical footage and many never before seen photos.

Deane Tucker, Professor of Humanities at Chadron State College will facilitate the discussion which will include a light meal.