LONDON (AP) — A U.S. Army dog that attacked a machine-gun nest during World War II has been posthumously awarded Britain’s highest honor for animal bravery.
Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for actions during a 1943 beach landing in Sicily. According to the soldiers, Chips raced into an Italian machine-gun nest, attacking an enemy soldier and pulling the gun from its mount.
The medal was awarded by veterinary charity PDSA in a ceremony Monday at the Churchill War Rooms in London. The honor was accepted by 76-year-old John Wren of Long Island, whose father donated Chips to the war effort.
PDSA director-general Jan McLoughlin said Chips could “take his place in the history books as one of the most heroic dogs to serve with the U.S. Army.”
During #WW2, #WarHero dog, Chips, saved the lives of the men in his platoon. He braved gunfire to disarm enemy fighters, single-handedly taking down a dangerous machine-gun nest. Today we honour his memory by posthumously awarding him with the PDSA Dickin Medal. #PDSA100 pic.twitter.com/o3oOmheWdM
— PDSA (@PDSA_HQ) January 15, 2018