Military Working Dog Archie Saves a Marine’s Life


Photo credit: Kevin Hanrahan blog.

I often share the “Military Dog Picture of the Week” with permission from Kevin Hanrahan. He shares a story this time about a black lab named Archie.

The scene is set in Helmand province, Afghanistan. It’s a hot, dry morning:

In the blocks, a fertile swath of land watered by a canal network stretching dozens of square kilometers, farmers roused their mules early in order to complete ploughing before their relatives came visiting for Ramadan.

The Marines were setting up a checkpoint on the road. Archie was an IDD – the acronym for (Improvised Explosive Device) Detection Dog – his handler Corporal David Cluver.

Their goal that day – August 9th – to explore for hidden explosives. You can read the full story of how Archie saved Cluver’s life here.


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