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Military Names for Dogs and Horses

Name your dog or horse after a famous war horse or war dog, a famous military hero, a military term, or a military base.

Dogs and Horses have served alongside soldiers in many wars throughout history.

Famous U.S. War Horses:

Cincinnati was Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s horse during the civil war.

Traveller was Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s horse during the Civil War.

Traveller

Gen Lee rode Traveller from February 1862 until Lee’s death in 1870. Traveller was a Gray American Saddlehorse who stood 16 hands and had great endurance. He is buried at the Lee Chapel Museum in Lexington, Virginia.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3082/traveller

Comanche (above in photo from 1887) was a horse attached to General George Custer’s 7th Cavalry when it engaged with the Lakota during the battle for Little Big Horn in 1876. All the troops were killed but Comanche survived. Injured, he was nursed back to health.

Sergeant Reckless was a famous horse who served during the Korean War.

Famous U.S. War Dogs:

Sallie – Civil War

Rags – WW I

Sergeant Stubby – WW I

Bob – WW II

Kurt – WW II – one of The Dobermans

Chips – WW II

Smoky – WW II

Sinbad -Coast Guard during WW II

Beauty – WW II rescue dog

Nemo – Vietnam War – A German Sheperd

Valdo – Afghanistan 2011

Lucca

Lex – Falluja

Name your dog or horse after a famous military hero.

Use the full name (“President George Washington” is a fun, very long name for a dog) or just the last name. Here are some suggestions of names of military heroes:

President George Washington was a Revolutionary War hero.

Winfield Scott, known as “Old Fuss & Feathers,” was a high ranking Army officer during the early and mid 1800s.

General George A. Custer. Plus General Custer loved dogs. Here is a photo of Custer with his dog from 1862.

Robert E. Lee (note: this name may be controversial today)

Ulysses S. Grant

John J. Pershing

Dwight D. Eisenhower

General George Patton (or just “Patton”)

General Douglas MacArthur (or just “MacArthur.”)

Matthew Ridgeway

H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Military Terms also make great names for Dogs and Horses:

Admiral

Bomber

Captain

Chief

Colonel

Commander

General

Gunner

Major

Private (or Private Ryan)

Sergeant or Sarge

Scout

Skipper

Soldier

Tracker

Military weapons and vehicles:

Ammo

Archer

Bayonet

Bazooka

Bullet

Cannon

Colt

Dagger

Grenade

Kimber

Missile

Musket

Nito

Patriot

Pistol

Remington or Remy

Rifle

Rocket

Ruger

Striker

Tank

Torpedo

Victory

Military Bases make good names for Dogs and Horses. Here are some suggestions:

Anniston

Ashland

Bashur (in the Middle East)

Beale

Benning

Beauregard

Cooke

Devens

DeRussy

Drum

Dugway

Elmendorf

Gowen

Greeley

Hawthorne

Hood

Hunter Ligget

Hurlburt

Kirkuk (in the Middle East)

Leavenworth

Lincoln

Mabry

McCoy

Maxey

Navajo

Pearl (as in Pearl Harbor)

Pendleton

Price

Redstone

Riley-Bog Brook

Roosevelt

Rucker

Schofield

Sierra

Stewart

Tripler

Tyndall

Umatilla

Wainwright

Yuma

Or use a name from the NATO phonetic alphabet (i.e. “Alpha – Bravo – Charlie”) which is commonly used in the military

The 26 code words in the NATO phonetic alphabet are assigned to the 26 letters of the English alphabet in  alphabetical order as follows: 

Alpha

Bravo

Charlie

Delta

Echo

Foxtrot

Golf

Hotel

India

Juliet

Kilo

Lima

Mike

November

Oscar

Papa

Quebec

Romeo

Sierra

Tango

Uniform

Victor

Whiskey

X-ray

Yankee

Zulu.

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