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Pooch is a trained Marine K-9 during World War II. He is most often handled by Gunner and Sarge, but on occasion has been led by other Marines.[1]

Pooch is a highly trained Marine K-9 who fought the Japanese on an unnamed island during World War II, usually at the side of Gunner and Sarge. A notable foe was Colonel Hakawa, the so-called imperial practical joker,[2] who used booby traps in an attempt to kill the marines and take the island for the Japanese.

Pooch training includes handling explosives, sniffing out threats and alerting handlers, and at one point firing an enemy mounted machine gun at the remaining enemy on a PT Boat.[3]


  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • Pooch is one of the few canine companions to ever be awarded the Purple Heart commendation.[4]