The USMC has – like other branches of our country’s military – depended upon man’s best friend in times of war. That is because as anyone who has ever owned a dog knows, they fiercely loyal to their owners and work tirelessly to protect them against danger. In fact, the use of dogs in war goes back at least as far as the Mid-7th century BC. They have helped carry supplies, sniff out explosives and psychologically assault the enemy and have performed many other services in support of their best friend – man. Here are just a few other facts about America’s war dogs.
Fact: There are approximately 2,500 dogs serving in the armed forces today. Many of these dogs support our troops overseas.
Fact: Dogs have fought alongside soldiers in every conflict since the Revolutionary war. At this time dogs were used as message carriers and sentries. Today, they serve in a variety of jobs.
Fact: According to the United States War Dogs Associations, canines have saved more than 10,000 American lives. During World War I, a dog named Sgt. Stubby became the most decorated dog in history. It once saved an entire company from a deadly gas attack.
Fact: During WWII, the USMC nearly used dogs to attack the Japanese mainland. The assault would have been an amphibious assault lead by a battalion of specially trained canines.
Fact: Xerxes I of Persia was accompanied by packs of Indian hounds when he invaded Greece in 480 BC.
Fact: Approximately 5,000 dogs served in Vietnam.
Fact: The use of dogs as subjects of medical experimentation prompted major reforms. In Laboratory Animal Welfare Act was passed to govern this practice.
Fact: Prior to WWII, war dogs were often euthanized after service. President Bill Clinton signed a law that allowed these dogs to be adopted.
Fact: Today, military dogs serve as sentries, trackers, search and rescue, scouts, and mascots and therapy dogs.
Yes, man’s best friend will continue to follow him into battle protecting him every step of the way. They are currently an indispensable part of our country’s military. They are acompanion, protector, friend and guide. We have even immortalized them on some of our Marine Corps products online.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of the hoodie has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the popularity of this omnipresent article of clothing continues to confound non-wearers. But people who do wear these items including our USMC hoodies know that there is something that is timeless about them. They know that hoodies rule. But what are the origins of this popular article of clothing and why do people cling onto their hoodies? Here is some info on what is more than a fad or fashion trend for some of us.
The Origins of the Hoodie
Many people believe that the first hoodie was made back in 1919 by the Knickerbocker Knitting Company. Its former president Harold Lipson is believed to have been the first person to add a hood to a sweatshirt in order to protect athletes and laborers from the elements. Eventually workers in cold-storage warehouses and people working outdoors began to see the practicality of wearing this odd looking piece of clothing.
Why Hoodies are so Appealing
It is difficult to find a person who does not own or has not worn a hoodie at some point in his/her life. They are one of the top items in many people’s wardrobe for a good number of reasons such as:
Comfort: Hoodies are cozy and comfortable allowing the wearer to get into his/her own private space while still being out among others.
Protection: As we stated earlier, hoodies were originally designed to give workers and athletes some protection from the elements without the necessity of carrying an umbrella or clumsy overcoat. They still do this.
Style: Hoodies are fashionable and come in all colors, designs, etc.
Individuality: Hoodies allow people to express their own sense of taste. Our hoodies are embossed with the USMC emblem showing the wearer’s patriotism and love of the Corps. Some people have the logo of their favorite sports team, rock group, etc. We prefer to display the USMC emblem. We have other Marine Corps items for sale that do so as well.
Versatile: Although most popular in the fall and winter, hoodies are not out of place in the spring and summer. That is because the hood can be quickly removed to cool the wearer down.
Finally, despite the fact that there has been some push back against hoodies in recent times, it continues to be a popular part of many wardrobes. It has gone beyond a simple fashion statement to a lifestyle choice.
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