If there are any old salts around who have
information about the Chief or the dog, please send it in.
The Mystery Of The Three-Legged Dog
References keep appearing about a "Three Legged Dog" that was allegedly a Coast Guard pet or mascot during WWII. Does anybody have any information on this dog?
Ralph Sproston, W5TCE:
in 1941, when I graduated from the Resident Radio School at New London, I was
assigned to the 5th Coast Guard District radio station NMN, located
at Princess Anne, Va., for further transfer to the USCGC ALEXANDER HAMILTON
when she returned from weather patrol. At that time the Chief Radioman and
Officer-in-Charge was a full-blooded Oklahoma Indian named, spelled
phonetically, “SIGH KISSCHASSEY”, who had a three-legged dog that lived with
him near the station. The dog was run over by a tractor when he was a puppy and
lost his right front leg as a result. The operation left no visible scar, and
many people thought the dog was deformed at birth because he could do anything a
four-legged dog could do . . . and then some.
The Chief and the dog were inseparable—when you saw one, you saw the other. It was interesting to see three-footed dog tracks in the sand at the beach. The dog was the radio station’s mascot.
Warren Wilson, W4NIE:
sorry I can’t help on the three-legged dog at NMN. I was stationed there for
about three months commencing in June 1942 when Chief Music was the
Officer-in-Charge. [He was] a very pleasant
was housed in an old lifeboat station, right on the beach at Dam Neck, Va. Camp
Pendleton and Army Coastal Artillery was a short distance north, and the Navy
had an anti-aircraft Gunnery School about 1000 yards to the south. The favorite
liberty spot was Virginia Beach, which was about four miles north of Dam Neck,
if you followed the beach. We were occasionally challenged by beach patrol and
always by Army sentries at Camp Pendleton.
was station at Pt. Vicente NMQ late in 1944 and there was a three-legged dog
there named “General,” a German Shepherd. He was noted for chasing skunks at
night and smelling like one all day. I never got very friendly with him.
From Ralph Sproston:
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