Bonus the War Dog

Bonus the War Dog

Death 27 Apr 1943
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section 101, Row 1, Space 1
Memorial ID 48410061 · View Source
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According to the Los Angeles National Cemetery's website, the War Dog "Bonus" is buried with his handler, Charles Temple.

Two articles in the Los Angeles Times (4/20/1943 and 5/4/1943) describe Bonus as a pet and mascot of the residents at the Sawtelle Soldier's Home, who got his name in 1936 when the veterans bonus was paid.

Bonus was a black Alaskan dog with brown spots over his eyes. He was buried with honors as several score veterans gathered to pay their last respects to the dog that was murdered by a poisoner. Also mourning was Daisy, Bonus' mate, on whose behalf a floral wreath was delivered to the grave.

Leo J. Britt, with whom Bonus had lived, and was responsible for buying his license and feeding him, placed Bonus' collar on the coffin, along with a bag of the dog's favorite treats and the robe he wore on cold winter nights. As a rosary was dropped into the grave, a bugler played taps and the soul of Bonus, friend of men, soared into canine heaven.



  • Created by: svh77
  • Added: 20 Feb 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 48410061
  • Jane Hatch
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bonus the War Dog (unknown–27 Apr 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 48410061, citing Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by svh77 (contributor 46962063) .