Marine Corps Dog Receives Award

Good day everyone, so today we’ll speak about our furry friend Lucca.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.07.18 PMShe’s a 12 year old German Shepherd, who won the Dickin Medal. This is equivalent to the Victoria Cross, which is a decoration for ones bravery.

Lucca is the first animal to receive this great honor.Lucca with her PDSA Dickin Medal.png

The award was presented by the PDSA, a veterinarian charity that is not connected with military. Lucca was nominated for the Dickin Medal by Marines.

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Lucca saved thousands of troops, and also takes credit for never having a casualty on her patrols. On Lucca’s final patrol in Afghanistan, she found a 30 pound improvised explosive device. During her pursuit to find more she was injured and lost her front left leg as an IED was detonated.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.14.42 PM

Tuesdays ceremony was attended with the owner whom is no other than Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Willingham.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.14.27 PMLucca, was injured while on patrol with her other handler, Cpl. Juan Rodriguez, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province in March 2012.

“The explosion was huge and I immediately feared the worst for Lucca,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “I ran to her and saw her struggling to get up. I picked her up and ran to the shelter of a nearby tree line, applied a tourniquet to her injured leg and called the medics to collect us.”Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.07.02 PMLucca was evacuated to Germany and then to California’s Camp Pendleton. Rodriguez stayed near her through each stage of recovery — even choosing to sleep side-by-side some nights.

We thank you for your bravery Lucca, may the remainder of your life be well.

Isaac J. Hall II

Semper Fi

 

 

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