During World War II there was a great need for US Military service dogs, and to recruit more dogs a program was created where civilians could donate their pets for the cause. One such doggo was a German Shepherd/Collie?Siberian Husky mix named Chips. Chips took onto his military training quickly and he became a guard dog with the 3rd Infantry Division. He even guard President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the Casablanca conference in 1943. However, it was in battle where Chips would show his bravery.
Chips took part in the invasion of Sicily on July/August of 1943. In one incident his platoon was pinned down by a hidden machine gun bunker. Chips broke loose from his handler and literally stormed the bunker, jumping through the firing slit and viciously biting the four Italian soldiers within. The soldiers ran out of the pillbox in terror and surrendered to the Americans. Chips was wounded in the action, and as a result was awarded the Purple Heart. In another incident Chips alerted his unit to an enemy ambush. During the ambush, he carried a phone line attached to his collar back to the rear so that his men could call for reinforcements.
Chips would continue to serve on the Italian front, later took part in the Allied invasion of Southern France in August of 1944, and the subsequent invasion of Germany. He was discharged in December of 1945 and returned to his family.. Throughout his service, he performed many more brave acts, and never failed to alert his fellow soldiers to dangers such as incoming artillery, enemy aircraft, and enemy ambushes. For his feats and bravery in the face of combat, he was award the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Cross. Quite impressive for a humble doggo.
Chip’s fame spread across the United States which unfortunately led to a problem. The Commander of the Order of the Purple Heart complained to both President Roosevelt and the War Department stating that by awarding medals to a mere dog they were demeaning the men who had also been decorated. As a result Chip’s medals were revoked and US policy was changed so that dogs were recognized as equipment, not combatants.
During Flags-In, U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) honor America’s fallen heroes by placing an American flag at each gravesite for service members buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 25 MAY 2017.)
A squad of infantrymen from First Army catch a ride on an M4 Sherman Tank as they moved through the French town of La Ferte-Mace, 14 August 1944. Note: This is probably a tank from 745th Tank Battalion. Soldiers are from 3rd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.
2nd Cavary Regiment by The U.S. Army Via Flickr: Spc. Matthew Williams,a cavalry scout assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment fires a Stinger missile using Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADs) during Artemis Strike, a live fire exercise at the NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) off the coast of Crete, Greece Nov. 6, 2017. (Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Epperson, 10th AAMDC PAO)
Undeterred by stormy weather, the Tomb Sentinels of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) continue to hold vigil over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct. 2, 2015.
An American soldier inspects the hole from 75-mm shell in the side of a German tank Pz.Kpfw. VI “Tiger”. Italy, 1944. Padded German tank Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. E “Tiger” 508 battalion of heavy tanks (schwere Panzer-Abteilung 508) and new Zealand American production tank M4 “Sherman” of the 20th armor regiment (20th Armoured Regiment) on the road between Giogoli (Giogoli) and the city of Saluzzo (Galuzzo) South of Florence. Tiger Tank Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. H (tactical number “8”) heavy tank company Meyer (Schwere Panzer-Kompanie Meyer (s.Pz.Kp. Meyer). Own machine name “Strolch” (Vagabond). On the frontal armor of the emblem of the company — a shield with the Baltic cross (Baltenkreuz). The company was formed in July 1943 and sent to Italy in response to the invasion of allied troops on Sicily. In early 1944 the division became part of the 508-th heavy tank battalion (Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 508). Italy, July 1943. Soldiers of the 5th US army, with the support of their tanks run past the wrecked and burned German heavy tank “Tiger” during the street fighting in Rome. American soldiers of the 3rd infantry division of the U.S. examines the wrecked and burnt-out German tank Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf. E “Tiger” 508-th tank battalion at the entrance to the town of CORI (Cori). Tanks knocked out by allied aircraft. 24 may 1944 the battalion lost 7 tanks in Measles and 11 in the area of Giulianello. CORI, Italy may 28, 1944. Two German tank Pz.Kpfw.VI “Tiger” go through the streets of the destroyed Italian city. 508 HTB British soldiers inspect the abandoned “Tiger” №211 504 heavy tank battalion of the Wehrmacht (s.Pz.Abt. 504) on the road in Italy Italian children playing on an abandoned German tank Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. H “Tiger” (no. 222) from the 504-th heavy tank battalion (504. S. Pz.Abt.). The machine is fitted with transport tracks. German tank Pz.Kpfw. VI “Tiger” Ausf. E 508th Panzer battalion incapacitated by allied aircraft in CORI, Italy. 24 may 1944 the battalion lost 7 tanks in Measles and 11 in the area of Giulianello. May 31, 1944. A British soldier examines a burnt-out German tank Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. H “Tiger”.
FRANCE. Varennes-en-Argonne. September 26, 1918. A soldier of Company K, 110th Regt. Infantry (formerly 3rd and 10th Inf., Pennsylvania National Guard), just wounded, receiving first-aid treatment from a comrade.
FRANCE. Saint-Georges-de-Basly. June 1944. Three soldiers of the 23rd Field Ambulance, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, place flowers on graves. In the background is the church of Saint Georges de Basly. In the four temporary graves are a Scottish, a Canadian and two French civilians.