"This is one of the best stories that I have ever read, and I think is a must read. It is a unique and remarkable documentary for war dogs. Out of the 3,800 that were sent to South Vietnam only 232 returned. They have been credited with saving over 10,000 lives. Most were used as Sentry dogs and Scout dogs. If you love dogs or interesting stories you will love this book, it is hard to put down. "
– Dave Hugus, Purple heart Chapter newsletter and the Purple Heart Service Office newsletter, August 2021
“Paper Dog is a gift to dog-lovers or anyone who has any interest in learning more about the Vietnam War, as told in the unfiltered and unique perspective of a veterinarian who served in combat.”
– Ron Werneth, Military Historian and
former Vietnam Dog Handler Association Historian
THE TRUE LIFE STORY OF A VIETNAM WAR DOG
JOHN B. KUBISZ, DVM
An estimated 3,800 dogs were deployed as scouts by the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Paper Dog is the amazing story of one of those dogs, named “Paper,” and the incredible bond he develops with two very remarkable men; his handler and best friend Tom Hewitt, and Army veterinarian, Dr. John Kubisz. Together with his exceptional team of medical misfits at the 764th Medical Detachment known as the “Dirty Half Dozen,” Dr. Kubisz goes to extraordinary lengths, not just to save Paper’s life, but to rebuild his bullet-shattered leg – just so that he and Hewitt can return to the front line.
Paper Dog is an emotional journey, of courage and devotion, human and canine, laced with more than a little caustic humor and disdain for the military hierarchy. John Kubisz clearly has much in common with Hawkeye Pierce of M*A*S*H – his veterinary skills matched only by his sense of humor and his ability to avoid disciplinary action from his superiors!
Paper – a scout dog with the U.S. Army’s elite 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” – has been gravely wounded in a Viet Cong ambush. His leg has been badly shattered by a high caliber bullet, and after being carried for 48 hours before receiving treatment, the wound is now badly infected. But Paper is a very special scout dog who has saved countless lives.
Everyone has given up on Paper, except for his handler, Tom Hewitt. Then Tom finds Dr. John Kubisz of the 764th Medical Detachment. Doc Kubisz agrees to see if there’s anything he can do.
If Paper’s leg cannot be saved, he will be euthanized. Even if it can be saved, unless he regains full strength and is able to pass a rigorous fitness test, he will still be euthanized. And if Paper recovers, he and Tom will be sent back to the front line...
180-pages, illustrated with many private, previously unpublished photographs.
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