WW2 US Army hero dog gets posthumous medal for bravery

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On January 15, 2018, 75 years after his greatest feat of heroism, U.S. Army dog Chips was finally honored, albeit posthumously, for singlehandedly attacking a hidden German gun nest during World War II.
At a ceremony sponsored by the UK’s leading veterinary charity PDSA, Chips was awarded the Dickin Medal, Great Britain’s most prestigious medal for animal bravery.
WW2 hero dog Chips
Deborah Hastings reports for Inside Edition that Chips, a German shepherd/collie/husky mix, undertook his most heroic deed in 1943 when he and his handler, Pvt. John Rowell, took part in the Allied pre-dawn invasion of Sicily. Chips broke free from Rowell on the beach and ran toward machine gun fire that was pinning down Allied soldiers. Chips attacked a hidden gun nest, biting German soldiers and pulling a smoking machine gun from its base.
According to Rowell’s account, Chips also helped capture 10 enemy soldiers. The dog grabbed one of the Germans by the neck and dragged him from the pill box. The other German soldiers followed with their hands up. Chips suffered burns and scalp wounds, but was otherwise fine.
Chips also served as a guard dog during a wartime conference between British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
At the Dickin Medal award ceremony, PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin said, “It has taken over seven decades, but Chips can now finally take his place in the history books as one of the most heroic dogs to serve with the U.S. Army.” Chips was awarded the Silver Star, a Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart during the war, but the practice was suspended after controversy erupted over giving U.S. military service awards to animals.
Chips’ Dickin Medal was accepted by John Wren, 76, of New York, who was 4 years old when Chips returned home in a wooden crate, having been honorably discharged from the Army after three years of stellar service. Sadly, the hero dog died just seven months after returning home to Pleasantville, N.Y.
According to Chips’ obituary, Wren’s father had donated the dog to the U. S. military in 1942 because he had bitten a garbage collector.
Chips gained notoriety for other acts during WWII. In 1945, when Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower bent down to pet Chips to thank him for his bravery, the dog, having been trained to clamp down on strangers, bit the future president. LOL

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0 responses to “WW2 US Army hero dog gets posthumous medal for bravery

  1. What a terrific story! There is no animal on this planet that has been a better friend to mankind than the dog.

  2. Feels good knowing Chip’s heroism has been acknowledged. What a great soldier!

  3. Now THIS is what a HERO looks like. No disrespect to our military servicemen and women,but going to war and coming home do not automatically make you a Hero. A Hero does more than leave and return. GOOD Dog!

  4. This story brightened my day! It is unimaginable that a dog could take down a gun nest, completely on his own. What a truly miraculous story. It strikes me as rather sad that there were some eight decades ago who resented top medals and honors for heroic service going to animals. What other creature could on its own take command of 10 enemy soldiers? What a good boy. It does make me wonder why this animal only lived such a short time after being sent back home to his original owner. I wonder how many human lives this miracle dog saved? This dog is what I call an angel in disguise.

  5. This is sweet…but, does anyone here know about “Reckless” the horse (mare) bought in Korea for $250 and trained to carry ammunitions to American troops during battle…and carry out wounded soldiers on her way back to pick up more ammunitions? She quickly learned to do it all on her own….finding her way….without human direction. Many times she made 20, 30, 50 round trips to find and support our American troops during combat, returning with wounded…only to turn around and do it all again…… She was the only animal given and ACTUAL rank….Sgt…and then First Sgt…..She was brought home to Camp Pendleton (CA) where she served in ceremonies for many years before her death…& there has been recently a statue dedicated to her (last year?) at Pendleton……


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