Military service animals have a longstanding history of taking care of our service men and women overseas without complaining even a titter. Maybe that’s because they don’t speak English, or maybe it’s because they’re the best darn soldiers the military has ever seen. Either way, they’re not only adorable little tramps, they’re also brave animals who risked life and limb to take care of the people that they loved. Some of the animals on list gave their lives for their country, some survived the most heinous terrorist attack on American soil, and they were all handsomely awarded for their valor. This list of the most decorated animals in military history is sure to set your heart a flutter and make your tear ducts tremble with emotion.
After working on this list, we’ve come to the conclusion that if we were the Headmaster General of the Army, we’d go out of our way to staff the entire military with puppies and kittens. Not only would this bring about total world peace, but we’d cut our military budget in half. And we’d probably only have to pay everyone in kibble! If you’re lucky enough to have a little dog or kitten (or goat!), then you’ll want to give them a big hug after you finish reading this list of the most decorated military animals.Vote on your favorite military animal, and leave us a comment letting us know how many times you would pet your favorite, pooch, kitten, pigeon, or war horse. We’re willing to bet it’s over a million times.
Sergeant Reckless might be the first request we've ever had for an entry on a list. Staff Sergeant Reckless might have gone unknown to the world if an article hadn't ran in the Saturday Evening Post detailing her heroics in the Korean War. Her main job was to carry recoilless rounds, during the Battle of PanMunjom-Vegas she made 51 solo trips in a single day, carrying a total of 386 recoilless rounds. And the stories of heroism go on and on like that. You can learn about her adventures in the book, Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse, her lengthy wikipedia page, or in a series of fan videos. That is one popular horse.