Retired Sgt. Paul Dostie and K9 Buster Honored by Congressman McKeon for Work in the Tarawa Project Recovering Military Remains of Lost Heroes

October 29, 2013
Los Angeles, California
Retired Mammoth Police Department Sgt. Paul Dostie and his Cadaver Dog, Buster were recognized and honored by Congressman Buck McKeon in a “Point of Light Tribute” for their volunteer work dedicated to the “locating and finding of the lost graves of our World War II heroes.” 
In his video tribute to Paul and Buster, Congressman McKeon went on to say:
“Paul along with his grave detection dog, Buster, launched missions to Tarawa and now dedicates his life to finding the burial sites of our lost soldiers. … A true patriot, Paul represents the American Doctrine, ‘Never leave a man behind.’ Thank you Paul for keeping our promise and bringing our heroes home.” 
(See full video below)
Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, (GOP, Calif 25th district)
Chairman House Armed Services Committee
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Paul (left) and Buster seen alerting at grave-site on Tarawa

Former Mammoth police officer works to retrieve military remains

Paul and Buster recently volunteered their services in my Black Dahlia investigation by conducting  a search for human remains at the suspected crime scene, the Sowden/Franklin House,  at 5121 Franklin Ave, in Hollywood.  Buster alerted to the scent of human decomposition at four separate locations in the basement of the house and one alert in the alley at the rear of the residence.  Soil samples were recovered and the results are pending further analysis.

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  1. Jean Atwood on November 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Well done, Officer Dostie. Having lived in Bishop for 30 years, I was well aware of your work and you and Buster have done a wonderful job. (By the way, I still think there are remains buried somewhere at Barker Ranch.)

  2. Steve Hodel on November 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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