1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 7, 2018 1:37 PM by Rebecca Collier

    War Dog Cemetery, Iwo Jima


      Is there a primary source i.e. interview conducted with someone who was involved with the recovery of service members who were buried in Pacific during World War II specifically Iwo Jima?  I wish not only to verify that a photograph which depicts a War Dog Cemetery on Iwo Jima accurately details their resting place but also the current disposition of their graves.


      Seeking assistance and/or direction from other researchers, archivists, service members or persons directly involved in the burial, repatriation and final interment of any War Dog remains.

        • Re: War Dog Cemetery, Iwo Jima
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Mendiola,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog; the American Grave Registration Service files in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92); the Marinas-Bonins Command Quartermaster General files in the Records of the Far East Command, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, and the United Nations Command, 1945-57 (Record Group 554); and the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) but were unable to locate documents indicating whether War Dog remains from Iwo Jima were exhumed and reinterned elsewhere.


          According to the “Final Disposition of World War II Dead, 1945-1951” by Edward Steere & Thayer M. Boardman (Historical Branch, Office of the Quartermaster General), the graves of American soldiers and Marines were exhumed from Iwo Jima in 1947 and were moved to Saipan until a national cemetery site in the Pacific was chosen. Since the War Dogs buried on Guam were left on the island when the graves of American soldiers and Marines were exhumed also in 1947, it is probable that the War Dogs buried on Iwo Jima were left behind as well.


          In RG 127, there is a series titled War Dog Service Books, ca. 12/1942 - ca. 6/1946 that may indicate the final resting place of the dog.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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