Hosted by “The Gunny” R. Lee Ermey, Sportsman Channel’s original series Saving Private K-9 returns for a weeklong marathon beginning on August 11 at 7 p.m. ET. Viewers will be re-introduced to the unsung heroes of the military and law enforcement: working canines. From Afghanistan to Vietnam to U.S. soil, working dogs have protected their handlers and teams. Now, it’s time tell the stories of their real-life acts of valor and heroism.

Each episode of Saving Private K-9 highlights the dogs’ battlefield training, heroic accomplishments, and relationships with their handlers – as well as their impact on those who have worked with them. Viewers will see inspiring accounts of the selfless battlefield service and acts of valor that military dogs perform, as told by those who fought beside them. Additionally, the show will focus on the dogs’ lives post-service, which often involve rigorous rehabilitation and adoption.

Ronald Lee Ermey served in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant before injuries forced him to retire. After serving the Marine Corps in numerous endeavors as a civilian, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Following his service, Ermey moved to the Phillipines, appearing in several Filipino films before making his U.S. film debut as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now (1979). Though most famous for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick‘s Full Metal Jacket (for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination), Ermey is a seasoned character actor who has appeared in The Boys In Company C, Purple Hearts, Leaving Las Vegas, Se7en, Dead Man Walking and the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, among others.

Tune in to Sportsman Channel’s Saving Private K-9 beginning August 11 at 7 p.m. ET

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