From VietnamWarHistoryOrg

Jay-Bo Willie Casper was a canine “member” of the Casper aviation platoon (part of the 173rd airborne division) and served the longest “Tour of Duty” In Vietnam.

Jay-Bo Willie Casper was born in 1966 in Bien Hoa. He was found at approximately 6 weeks old and immediately became a Casper he was known by most everyone in the unit.
Jay-Bo traveled with the platoon everywhere from Bien Hoa to Bong Son.

Although this dog was everyone’s friend, he eventually became most attached to Rick Canning who was later KIA on October 4, 1969.

According to Gary Irwin and Terry Hanks, the members of Casper all chipped in to get Jay-Bo to the states. There was no way they could leave him behind.

Just before Casper platoon was pulled out of Vietnam in the summer of 1971, arrangements were finally made to smuggle their most loyal friend on an airplane headed back to the world.
The plan was for Jay-Bo to live with Bob Wooldridge in Oklahoma.

Jay-Bo got to the Wooldridge’s home before Bob and Terry, when the guys arrived later, Bob’s dad was a bit mad at the dog. It seems that Jay-Bo chewed the couch, chairs and tore the house into shreds… “Oh well ,dogs will be dogs.” Even Jay-bo needed time to assimilate into civilian life.

Jay-Bo Willie Casper lived happily ever after with Bob in Oklahoma.

Photo courtesy of Casper door gunner
SSG Joe “woody” Wood with Jay Bo in An Khe.

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