A US army dog who protected his platoon during World War II beach landings has been posthumously awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
Chips was recognised with a PDSA Dickin Medal for his actions when the British and Americans invaded Sicily in July 1943.
During the US-led mission, called Operation Husky, Chips and his platoon came under machine gun fire as they landed. His handler, Pte John Rowell, watched as the husky/German shepherd-cross seized an enemy soldier and pulled the gun off its mount. He suffered scalp wounds but enabled the platoon to push forward.
Chips ‘undoubtedly’ saved lives, said PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin. ‘He can now finally take his place in the history books as one of the most heroic dogs to serve with the army,’ she said. John Wren, 76, whose father lent Chips to the war effort, travelled from New York for the ceremony in London
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