US Army hero dog during WWII receives posthumous medal

John Wren from NY, who was 4 years old when Chips the family dog returned from the war effort, with Military working dog Ayron who received the PDSA Dickin Medal on Chips' behalf, in London, 1/15/18. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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.

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 11:07 AM

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."

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