By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent
Somewhere in the Marshall Islands, cute aren't they?
We mean the puppies of course! These four Marines have taken over the job of being foster mother to the pups, after their real mother left behind by the Japanese, gave birth to a litter of 13 and couldn't take care of all of them. The Marines are (from left to right): 2nd Lt. G.H. Hoffman Jr., Corporal Louis R. Bonini, Corporal Edward J. Frankenbech, and Master Sergeant Harold "Porky" May. Their recipe for raising good, healthy puppies --plenty of C rations. All four Marines and puppies were attached to an aviation group with 4th Marine Air Wing."
This photo is taken from the Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, ca. 1941-1945.
Rebecca Frankel, on leave from her FP desk, is currently writing a book about military working dogs, to be published by Free Press.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.