Thursday, November 14, 2019

Chips, Stubby, Rin Tin Tin, N Jiggs

WAR DOGS who Served with Distinction!

CHIPS - internet photo
Chips, a German shepherd, collie and husky mix, received the Dickin Medal posthumously for his canine bravery during World War II. The dog’s most courageous effort occurred in 1943, as he and his handler, Pvt. John Rowell, were part of the 1943 invasion of Sicily. Chips broke free from Rowell on the beach and ran toward machine gun fire that was pinning down Allied service members. Chips attacked a hidden gun nest, biting German soldiers and pulling a smoking machine gun from its base. According to Rowell’s account of the pre-dawn raid, Chips grabbed one of the Germans by the neck and dragged him from the pill box. His comrades followed with their hands up.
A pit bull named Stubby served during World War I and was America’s most decorated war dog, according to the History Extra websiteSergeant Stubby (c1916–1926) was an American dog who served as the mascot of America’s 102nd Infantry Regiment during the First World War. Found in Connecticut in 1917 by members of the infantry, Stubby was stowed away on a ship to France by a young soldier called Robert Conroy and went on to participate in four offensives and 17 battles. Although the US military didn’t yet have an official “military working dog” program, Stubby’s instincts and charm made him a firm favorite with the men of  the regiment, who taught him how to raise his paw in a salute.

RIN TIN TIN - courtesy: Wikipedia
Rin Tin Tin was a military service dog before becoming a movie star, according to War History Online, which details the story of the soldier who rescued him and his siblings: It was September 15, 1918, just after the success of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. Corporal Lee Duncan, an aerial gunner of the U.S. Army Air Service, was sent to the small French village of Flirey to find a suitable airfield for the 135th Aero Squadron. The area had been bombed, and while exploring it, he found a severely damaged kennel in which there was a German shepherd dog dying of hunger with a brood of five puppies. The eyes of her litter were still closed. At the end of the war in 1919, Duncan loaded the dogs onto a ship that brought them all to the USA.

JIGGS - internet photo
An English bulldog named Jiggs became a mascot for the Marines following his service during World War I.

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