History buffs aside, there are many people who simply like the sound of names that are associated with wartime or evoke memories of a distant era. Masculine names seem to top the list, however those with female dogs should not despair! There are plenty of fun and interesting names that inspire thoughts of war; or maybe memories of a specific era with good memories. While this is a large list, there are plenty more war inspired names that did not make the list. Take your time and have fun when trying to decide on a war inspired name for your new puppy.
War Dog Names In Pop Culture
While there have been, and still are, numerous dogs serving around the world in a military capacity, there have been some that have made their way into the history books. There are three such dogs that fought valiantly during wartime; some gave their life for the cause and others were able to retire with honors. Kaiser was unfortunately one of those dogs that never made it home from Vietnam. Kaiser was a German Shepherd Dog that worked with his handler, Marine Lance Corporal Alfredo Salazar. The duo completed over 30 combat patrols and was part of 12 major operations. Salazar and Kaiser joined the search-and-destroy mission for Company “D”. During one mission in 1966 they were ambushed. Kaiser was hit and died in the field with Salazar cradling his body. Kaiser has the unpleasant distinction of being the first war dog killed in action during the Vietnam War.
Another Vietnam war dog, Nemo the German Shepherd Dog, worked with his handler, Airman 2nd Class Bob Thomeburg. During a patrol on December 4, 1966, the duo was patrolling a cemetery near the airbase in Vietnam when they came under enemy fire. Nemo took a hit to the eye and Thomeburg was shot in the shoulder. Nemo continued fighting despite his injury and gave Thomeburg the time he needed to regroup and kill the two enemy guerillas that attacked them and call for reinforcements. Thomeburg fell unconscious while waiting for help and Nemo crawled on top of him to protect him. Both recovered from their wounds and Nemo was permanently retired. He died at age 11 in December of 1972.
Arguably the most famous war dog in history is Stubby, the American Pit Bull Terrier. Stubby is the only dog to earn the rank of Sergeant. In 1917 Stubby was found as a stray roaming the Yale campus. He was smuggled into France during World War I by his new owner, Corporal John Robert Conroy. Stubby is credited with participating in 17 battles and four offenses. He is also credited with boosting troop morale. Stubby was able to warn the soldiers of attacks using poison gas and could hear incoming artillery fire before any person could. Stubby was used to locate downed soldiers on the battlefield and he even could sniff out German spies sneaking around the trenches. Stubby died in 1926 but is still remembered today. The Stubby Award for Canine Heroism is awarded each year to a dog that has demonstrated courage in the face of adversity.
War Dog Name Considerations
Some people have a tendency to shy from war inspired names because of the bad memories these names may evoke. However, there are also names that may help keep a good memory alive. Specific war dogs that have made it into the history books have fun names and this may be a good place for your name search to begin. There was Kaiser, the first war dog killed in Vietnam or there is the famous Chesty, the mascot of the Marines. Specific locations of wars can also be considered, such as calling your new pup Nam which is short for Vietnam. When people think of war inspired names, generally visions of German Shepherd Dogs or other larger dogs come to mind. However, many small dogs can have names that are inspired by war. Torpedo is a great name for a small dog with a big heart and fast legs. Chopper is also another good name for a smaller dog. It may even be fun to name a smaller dog after Bamse the Saint Bernard that became a naval officer in the Royal Norwegian Navy. Girl dogs can also carry names that are inspired by war. There were numerous women that made a difference in all of the wars that have been fought. There is no better way to honor those women than to name your newest pooch after one of them.