Meet Lucca The First American Dog Awarded a British Military Honor – Breaking News AZ


A retired U.S. Marine dog was honored today with the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross which is the highest British military decoration awarded for valor.

Lucca, a German Shepherd, received the award after completing 400 missions in six years of active service with allied troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and losing a leg on the battlefield.

“It’s an incredible honor to be part of this award ceremony today,” said her handler Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Willingham.

Willingham deployed to Iraq with Lucca twice after training her for more than a year and says her personality is what made her so perfect for the job.

“She’s incredibly intelligent and loyal,” Willingham told ABC News. “You can really see her processing information, applying what she learned in a combat environment and be successful. I feel extremely fortunate.”

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