Law Enforcement deck shoot aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 11, 2019) U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) fire M4 carbines during a live-fire deck shoot aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Marines and Sailors of the 11th MEU are deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations to support regional stability, reassure partners, and allies, and maintain a presence postured to respond to any crisis ranging from humanitarian assistance to contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Israel Chincio)
Judy was the mascot of several ships in the Pacific. She was captured by the Japanese in 1942 and taken to a prison camp. There she met Leading Aircraftsman Frank Williams who shared his small portion of rice with her. Judy raised morale in the POW camp giving alarm when poisonous snakes, crocodiles and even tigers approached. She was smuggled out in a rice sack when the prisoners were shipped back to Singapore. She never whimpered or betrayed her presence to the guards. The next day, the ship was torpedoed. Williams pushed Judy out of a porthole in an attempt to save her life, even though there was a 15 feet drop to the sea. He made his own escape from the ship, not knowing if Judy had survived. Frank Williams was recaptured and was sent to a new POW camp without news of Judy's survival. However, stories began being told of a dog helping drowning men reach pieces of debris on which to hold. Williams was giving up hope of finding Judy when she arrived in his new camp. "I couldn’t believe my eyes. As I entered the camp, a scraggy dog hit me square between the shoulders and knocked me over! I’d never been so glad to see the old girl." They spent a year in Sumatra. "She saved my life in so many ways. The greatest way of all was giving me a reason to live. All I had to do was look at her and into those weary, bloodshot eyes and I would ask myself: What would happen to her if I died? I had to keep going." Even if it meant waiting for a miracle. Once hostilities ceased, Judy was smuggled aboard a troopship heading to Liverpool. In England, she was awarded the Dickin Medal, "the animals' Victoria Cross", in May 1946. Her citation reads: "For magnificent courage and endurance in Japanese prison camps, which helped to maintain morale among her fellow prisoners and also for saving many lives through her intelligence and watchfulness". At the same time, Frank Williams was awarded the PDSA's White Cross of St. Giles, the highest award possible, for his devotion to Judy. Frank and Judy spent the year after the war visiting the relatives of English POWs who hadn't survived. Frank remarked that Judy always seemed to give a comforting presence. Judy died at the age of 13. Frank spent two months building a granite and marble memorial in her memory, which included a plaque which told of her life story
U.S. Special Forces dog handler, attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, gives his multi-use military working dog, Tank, a water break during improvised explosive device (IED) training in the Kabul province, Afghanistan, Nov. 29, 2013, Tank has been trained to detect the scent of improvised explosive devices (IED's) and has been successful in finding them while conducting operations with the 6th Special Operations Kandak (SOK). (U.S.Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez/Released)
The dog that accompanied Delta Force soldiers into Syria’s Idlib Province to hunt down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi this weekend was only “slightly wounded” during the raid and is back on duty, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said on Monday.
“We’re not releasing the name of the dog right now. The dog is still in theater,” Milley told reporters at the Pentagon, adding that the dog was “slightly wounded and fully recovering.”
“We’re protecting the dog’s identity,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper joked.
President Donald Trump said Sunday that the dog had chased Baghdadi into the tunnel where the terrorist leader then detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three children.
"Our K-9, as they call — I call it a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog — was injured and brought back," Trump said.
After the Pentagon briefing, Trump tweeted a photo of the dog. "We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!" Trump tweeted.
Commando units such as Delta Force, SEAL Team 6, and the 75th Ranger Regiment typically bring specially trained dogs on their missions, often German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois.
The dogs are outfitted with military equipment, including body armor and sometimes cameras, and are trained to sniff out explosives and chase down terrorist fighters.
The dog that accompanied SEALs on the 2011 raid into Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden was named Cairo. Last December, a 7-year-old dog named Maiko was killed along with Army Sgt. Leandro Jasso during a Ranger raid in Afghanistan.
Brady Rusk, 12, gets a somber kiss from Eli, the bomb-sniffing Labrador retriever that was assigned to Brady's older brother, Marine Pfc. Colton Rusk.
Private Rusk was killed in action in Afghanistan by Taliban sniper fire on Dec. 5, 2010. The Department of Defense granted the Rusk's permission to adopt Eli and allow him to join their family.
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