Master Sergeant, U.S. Army (Retired 1983)


Information Technology Corporations: Project Management, Planning,
Organization, Budgeting, Research & Analysis, Client
Requirements, Technical Writing/Editing, Training Design and
Development, Marketing, and Technical Presentations.


BA Organizational Management, National Louis
University, Chicago. Lots of Course Work in Computer Science,
University of San Francisco and Corporate IT training programs.

“Canine Warrior” – 2015 Military History Award
“A Soldier’s Best Friend” – 2008
“Dog Tags of Courage” – 1999 Literary Award


U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument. Assisted U.S. Congressional
legislation signed into Public Law by President George W. Bush (Jan 2008). Public Law
authorized the John Burnam Monument Foundation to design, fund, and build a 2.1 million dollar
national monument dedicated October 28, 2013 at Lackalnd AFB, Texas – where the Department
of Defense (DoD) trains military service dog teams.

Speaker and TV Documentaries

  • Speaker: War Dog Storytelling (U.S. & Overseas)

  • Clipper–War Dog (Dogs with Jobs, Episode 10)

  • 11.11.11 Documentary (Veterans Day – War Dogs)

  • Animals Aloft – (Smithsonian Networks)

  • Hero Dogs – (History Channel)

  • War Dogs – Americas Forgotten Heroes (Discovery)

  • Dogs of War – (CNN News Feature)

  • Variety of Radio & TV News Interviews (2000-2020)

Animal Medals Advisory Committee Member

Vietnam War Service

  • 1967-1968: German Shepherd Scout Dog Handler – 44th Infantry Scout Dog Platoon

  • 1966: Combat Infantryman - 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

U.S. Army Service Awards

  • Legion of Merit Medal

  • Bronze Star Medal

  • 2 Purple Heart Medals

  • 2 Meritorious Service Medals

  • Army Achievement Medal

  • Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB)

  • Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm

  • Vietnam Civic Actions Ribbon w/Palm

  • Paratrooper Wings

  • Expert Marksman Badge

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  • Decorated Vietnam Veteran Infantryman and Scout Dog Handler

  • Published Author of Several Books

  • Featured in Several TV Documentaries

  • Founder: MWD Teams National Monument

  • National Public Advocate for MWDs