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The Most Decorated Animals in the Military

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Some of the animals on this 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.

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    Sergeant Reckless

    Staff Sergeant Reckless's 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 a series of fan videos. That is one popular horse.


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    Salty and Roselle

    Guide dogs Salty and Roselle were with their owners during the 9/11 attacks. They each successfully guided their owners, who suffered from blindness, out of the burning towers before they collapsed, feats which were later recognized when they were awarded the Dickin Medal.

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    A liver and white pointer born in 1936, Judy, became the mascot of the British Royal Navy at a young age. In 1942, her ship was attacked by bombers and forced to beach on a nearby island that had little food and no apparent water sources. Judy immediately started digging on the coastline and uncovered a fresh water spring, saving the lives of her shipwrecked crew matesJudy was given the Dickin Medal (the animal version of a Victoria Cross) in 1946.

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    This heroic pup, whose name means “teddy bear” in Norwegian, eventually became a symbol for Norwegian freedom during WWII. He once pushed a knife-wielding attacker into the sea. On another occasion, he jumped off the boat and dragged a sailor, who had fallen overboard, back to shore.

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