Michelle M. Santana provided this extraordinary correspondence that was sent to the DPCA in 2013. Thought you would all enjoy reading.
In 2013, the DPCA received a very special letter from Melissa Boisen, Ph.D. Dr. Boisen’s grandfather, Glenn Romkey, was the bree
der of a war dog named Duke (pictured as a puppy with Glenn Romkey’s son and Dr. Boisen’s father).
Duke served under the command of Walter Marx Jr., who was Duke’s handler in the 6th Marine War Dog Platoon. Duke was a hero who saved the life of Walter and another Marine. When Duke’s tour of duty was over, he was shipped back to Mr. Romkey, who then received a letter from Walter asking for Duke. Knowing how much Duke meant to his handler, he sent Duke to live with Walter after he returned home from the war.
The DPCA was blessed to get to meet Walter Marx in 2008, when he and his family joined us as our special guests at the DPCA National Convention in Topeka. That year was the centennial year of the Doberman Pinscher in the United States and ten of the living World War II Marine Corps War Dog Handlers were able to join us to honor these great dogs and men, and what they did for us.