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“Forlorn” 4 of 5 stars
Review of K-9 Cemetery / Military Working Dogs Cemetery

K-9 Cemetery / Military Working Dogs Cemetery
M.A. Roxas Hwy and Centennial St | Centennial St Clark Air Base, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Luzon, Philippines
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“Forlorn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Sad ending for many military dogs. It is worth remembering by visiting the cemetery even if the locals do not bother to tidy it up by cutting the grass or repairing the dog's tombstones and nameplates.

It is one of the few remaining reminders that Clark was once an American air base.

Visited August 2013
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“The final resting place of military working dogs from the 3rd Security Police Group (3SPG), PACAF, Clark AB, Republic of”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The final resting place of military working dogs from the 3rd Security Police Group (3SPG), PACAF, Clark AB, Republic of the Philippines.

This is the tombstone of Major - D935, who rests next to other military dogs of the 3SPG; Blue, Tank, Storm, Prince and Duke to name a few.

The dogs had three major missions. One was to secure the base perimeter from intruders and thieves. The other two were in the areas of narcotics and ordnance (bomb) detection.

Once a dog grew older and became less efficient at their work, the U.S. Air Force order was that the dog had to be destroyed. The dogs were classified as "equipment", and there was no legal mechanism at that time to adopt/purchase/salvage a retired military working dog. So at the end of their useful working lives the dogs were injected with a lethal cocktail in the vet clinic and their handlers buried their dogs across the street from the kennel's front office. All that remains today of the the 3SPG USAF is the Military Working Dogs Cemetery.

The cemetery is usually overgrown with tall grass. The rickety wooden bridge that crosses over a storm canal from the road to the cemetery has been replaced by a concrete bridge. And the statue of a dog and handler that was in the center of the cemetery has been removed by the USAF and is housed at the Security Forces Museum at Lackland AFB, TX. The tombstones of the dogs are arranged in precisely aligned rows and columns expected of in a military organization however many of the names and serial numbers are no longer clearly visible due to exposure to acid rain and neglect. Despite all this, it is worth the visit if one knows of the tragedy suffered by all the dogs buried there, as well as a baseline history of the 3SPG.

These are the two links of recommended reading before heading out to visit the Military Working Dogs Cemetery in Clark AB.

http://www.clarkairbasek9.com/dogs.htm - gives the visitor an idea of the tenants of the cemetery

http://www.clarkairbasek9.com/vetclinic.htm - a narrative of the last days of a military working dog, before being put to sleep by a lethal injection

And to learn more about military working dogs, try to catch "Glory Hounds" (released Feb 2013) on Animal Planet. It is a two hour documentary that follows four military dogs and their handlers as they locate insurgents and dangerous explosives in the battlefields of Afghanistan.

The Military Working Dogs Cemetery is not easy to get to without your own private transport. It is on the way to Nayong Filipino at the old VOR facility (Bldg 6922 - the Elephant Cage), which is now an ampitheatre. Take the Route 1 jeepney from the Main Gate. Tell the driver to let you off at Parksons Duty Free shop which is at the corner of Dyess Hwy and Wilson St. Walk north- northeast on Wilson St for 400m until you get to the cemetery which would be on the right side of the road near a major intersection.

Driving from the main gate of Clark AB take Mitchell Hwy (now renamed M.A. Roxas Hwy) to the intersection with a stoplight, and turn right onto Wagner Ave (now A. Bonifacio Ave) after 250m take the left fork onto Dyess Hwy (now C. M. Recto Hwy) and drive approximately 3km north on Dyess Hwy until you pass Maratt Hwy (now Gil J. Puyat Ave). 400m past the intersection of Dyess Hwy and Maratt Hwy, turn right to Wilson St (now Centennial St). The cemetery will be on the right side, about 400m from the last turn.

Visited November 2012
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