Dogs Named in Memoriam

At Guardian Angels, many of our dogs are named in honor of heroes. These may have been heroes on a battlefield, heroes that fought bravely against an illness, or heroes that served their community.

In many cases, after hearing their incredible stories, we’ve decided to name a dog in honor of the person, in other cases, the dog’s sponsor chose a name that meant so much to them.

Here are their stories:

Lcpl. Alec Catherwood Service Dog, Alec

Naming Type: Honorary/In Memoriam

Lcpl Alec Catherwood was from Byron, Illinois. He joined the Marine Corps in 2009, achieving a life-long goal. He was proud to be assigned to the 3/5 Darkhorse Battalion. His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Korean Defense Service Medal. Alec was killed in Helmand Province Afghanistan, 10/14/10.

Army Spc. Bradly RaphounService Dog, Bradley

Naming Type: Honorary/In Memoriam

Army Spc. Bradley Rappuhn was from Grand Ledge, Michigan. He was an Army Ranger, assigned to 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart.He was killed 8/08/2010 – in Kandahar Province Afghanistan,

Service Dog, Bradley has been paired with Recipient, Connor since 2016.

Timothy CooneyService Dog, Cooney

Naming Type: Sponsored by Heritage Palms

Born: 11/28/1947-Army Veteran, spent 14 months in Vietnam. He went on to work for International Harvester for 42 years, and later served as commander of Heritage Palms Veteran Association. Mr. Cooney passed away in 2016.

Service Dog, Cooney has been partnered with Recipient Jennifer since 2017.

James Simon BuggService Dog, Bugg

Naming Type: Sponsored by Yellow Ribbon Fund

Service Dog Bugg is named for James Simon Bugg, an Army Veteran and philanthropist who started many community service organizations including the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Take A Kid  Outdoors, and more. Mr. Bugg passed away in 2015. To read more about his life, visit: 

Service Dog Bugg has been caring for his human partner, Natalie since 2017.

Maj. Gen. Harry J. GreeneService Dog, Harry

Naming Type: Sponsored by DSR Industries

Harry served in the Army from 1980-2014 and was awarded the: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit w/3 Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal w/1 Silver oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, army achievement medal, national defense service medal w/one bronze service star, global war on terrorism service medal, army service ribbon, army overseas service ribbon with award numeral 2. Major General Greene was killed in Afghanistan in 2014.

Service Dog Harry has been partnered with Recipient Charlie since 2018.

MWD RupertService Dog, Rupert

Naming Type: Sponsored by DSR Industries

MWD (Military Working Dog) Rupert was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan along with his handler Jeffrey Standfest on June 16, 2010. Military working dogs build strong bonds with their handlers and fellow soldiers, and they happily lay down their lives for their companions.

Service Dog Rupert has been partnered with Recipient Mark since 2018.

Dr. Mary WalkerService Dog, Walker

Naming Type: Sponsored by Bill Bowen

Dr. Mary Walker is the only woman ever awarded the MOH (Medal of Honor), which she received in November of 1865. Operating as the only female military surgeon, she was held as POW by the south for 4 months. Due to her civilian status, her MOH was recinded by Andrew Johnson in 1917, shortly before her death. Her MOH status was restored by Jimmy Carter in 1977.

Service Dog, Walker has been partnered with Recipient Paul since 2019.

Major Kenneth D. BaileyService Dog, Bailey

Naming Type: Sponsored by Yellow Ribbon Fund

Major Kenneth D. Bailey served in the National Guard from 1932-1935, then joined the Marine corps. Bailey fought during WWII & was awarded the MOH (Medal of Honor), Silver Star, Purple Heart, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal & WWII Victory Medal.

Service Dog Bailey is currently in-training.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Service Dog and naming it in memory of your Hero, please contact: