|Birth: ||May 31, 1923|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1945|
COOKE COUNTY SOLDIER IS PICKED TO TRAIN DOGS FOR GUARD DUTY
Pvt. Guy Alexander, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Alexander, who spent most of his life in Cooke County in the Union Grove and Mountain Springs communities, is one of two soldiers picked to train and care for a group of eight war dogs recently received at Marana Army airfield near Tucson, Ariz., to be used for night guard duty.
In a clipping which Pvt. Alexander sent home, the story of the training of a K-9 corps is described in detail. Before taking charge of the eight canine guards, Pvt. Alexander and one of his best friends, Pfc. Truitt Murdock, were sent to San Carlos, Calif., for eight weeks intensive work in handling and training dogs. They then received the eight ordinary dogs, "recruits," whom they were to transform into well-trained guards, peaceful when unprovoked, but deadly menace when given the word of command.
The trainers and the soldier with whom the dogs stand guard at night are the only masters they are allowed to know, and through eight weeks of intensive training the dogs' natural aptitude for slashing at throat or arms with bared fangs is heightened until the dogs are nearly as effective as any weapon, particularly at night when their keen sense of smell will locate an intruder long before the human guard would be aware of danger.
Pvt. Alexander has charge of four of the dogs, and is responsible for their health, training and behaviour while they are under his command.
Gainesville Daily Register, Gainesville, Texas
Dolo Guy was in the Texas 300 Infantry in World War II. He was killed in action in the Battle of the Bulge in Europe.
William A. Alexander (1893 - 1969)
Mary Eula Roberson Alexander (1897 - 1972)
Harmon Eskill Alexander (1913 - 1998)*
Aubrey Lloyd Alexander (1915 - 1994)*
Izora Margret Alexander Grider (1916 - 2008)*
Violet Alexander Lemons (1918 - 2008)*
Cledus Lazell Alexander Hale (1921 - 1999)*
Dolo Guy Alexander (1923 - 1945)
Billy D Alexander (1931 - 2002)*
Lockie Dee Olayne Alexander Haynie (1933 - 1994)*
PVT 330 INF
WORLD WAR II
MAY 31 1923 JAN 13 1945
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