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ME HOLDING OTTO IN NAM
LARRY DAVID BRADEN

ME HOLDING OTTO IN NAM

VIET NAM DMZ

DMZ. I stayed up there for about a year.
Much preferred over Warren Lincoln High School.
No offense to Otto but he had dog breath.
Otto was sleeping on a tool box on the side of the tank.
Low clearance. Someone traversed the turret.
We did give him a decent burial.
Dogs werenot an uncommon sight in Nam.
There wasn't a speck of dust
on that 50.












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John Cooper22-Nov-2009 21:21
Absolutely great photo Larry.
Whether the war was right or wrong, you did your duty.
You can be very proud of that.
Tom Briggs25-Jul-2009 21:30
Nice remembrance, Larry ... tough way for Otto to go but I'm certain his burial was a solemn occasion. Mascots like Otto served a real purpose as they brought a touch of humaness to an otherwise brutal, surreal, lonely and unforgiving existence. Takes me back, Larry ... a long time ago in one sense and not so in another. Thanks for posting
Jim Coffman22-Aug-2008 00:56
This picture is a real keeper!! I'm glad you had such a wonderful companion in Nam.V
Cindi Smith12-May-2007 23:04
I didn't know you were in Viet Nam! I'm sure you found some sense of good while taking care of Otto. My hearts go out to everyone that served in that war as they got the really bad end of the stick. Take care my friend!
The Third Side18-Apr-2007 02:29
Wait a minute.

Doesn't DMZ stand for DEMILITARIZED Zone?
dan dunn01-Mar-2007 07:23
great pic Larry
Soenda24-Oct-2006 09:17
No, that face doesn't convey a sense of much fun. Most of the photos I've seen of people over there at that time share a look of disbelief from having to grapple with so much danger 24/7 as we've come to say. Cradling the puppy makes the photo all the more poignant. It proves that the soldiers (your) instinctive gentleness is somewhere in tact, but that you can't trust it to let your guard down. Truly a crazy-making situation, serving on the ground in war.

It's a very valuable photo for you to have, and for us to see, especially now. Thank you for shouldering the country's burden way back then.
Bernard Bosmans01-Sep-2006 00:28
This image brings back memories, the way we lost our bouvier in WWII.(I was 14 years old) During the battle of Arnhem in Sep.'44 our dog was hit by shrapnel. When we were ordered to leave town by the Nazi occupiers, it was impossible to take our wounded pet with us, fleeing for our lives.
An German officer was approached with the request to shoot our canine friend, but he couldn't do it, such a beautiful animal. Apparently blowing away human beings is easier, as such the man in uniform had to ask one of his underlings to do the job for him.
Bryan11-Jul-2006 00:02
Yes, nice shot. Really brings it home (war versus the normalcy of life).
1moremile11-Jun-2006 23:36
Thanks, Lee. I like this image but I sure didn't have fun there.
LeeG11-Jun-2006 23:03
This is timeless! Great slice of history Larry.
jfender01-Mar-2006 01:55
Thanks for sharing this one. I've read many of stories about the dogs that soldiers befriended in Vietnam. I hear the soldiers in Irag are doing the same. In fact, locally, a man came home and fought to bring home the pup he and his guys raised.
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