Collection Finding Aid
John C. Burnam Collection
Vietnam Dog Handler Association
M. Ford, Nov. 2005[Updated: Jan. 2006 by C. Trobridge]
Scope and Content
Two copies of book titled Dog Tags of Courage: Combat Infantrymen and War Dog Heroes in Vietnam by John C. Burnam (signed by author).
John C. Burnam, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army (Ret.) served as a combat infantryman and German shepherd scout-dog handler with the COB 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry 44th Scout Dog Platoon in the Vietnam War from 1966-1968. A former president of the the Vietnam Dog Handler Association, which promotes education about the history of the nation's military working dogs, Burnam is considered the founder of the National War Dog Team Memorial. Burnam's military service awards include the Combat Infantry Badge; Paratrooper Wings; Legion of Merit Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Civic Actions Ribbon with Palm; and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
Rights and Access
Collection is open for research
Dog Tags of Courage: Combat Infantrymen and War Dog Heroes in Vietnam by John C. Burnam.