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Judy, an English pointer (above), survived a bomb attack life as a POW during World War II. Chips, a German shepherd sentry (right), received the Silver Star after attacking an Italian machine gun team and saving his handler’s life.
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The animals that helped win a war By Elise Cooper Military Press
any families express what they are thankful for during the holidays. They have a gratitude for survival, the sharing of victories and struggles. Stories are retold of what people hold most precious, the core values of love, courage and generosity. A recently published book shows how people’s furry friends answered the call to duty. “War Animals” by national bestselling author Robin Hutton recounts the experiences of the forgotten members of the Greatest Generation. Horses, mules, dogs and pigeons were all a part of the Allied war machine. They were messengers, spies and sentinels. They carried supplies to the front, comforted wounded soldiers, became a POW and were a vital part of the search and rescue effort during the German Blitz of London. This is Hutton’s second book in the “War Animal” series. In the first one, she recounted the story of Reckless, a sorrel mare, small for her size that joined the Marines during the Korean War.
Employed to help move heavy recoilless rifles and ammunition across steep and treacherous terrain, she regularly proved her bravery and endurance, making precarious trips hauling ammunition to soldiers in need, often during heavy fire. Once home, news of her promotion to staff sergeant quickly spread, though that notoriety has since faded. Hutton’s passion and admiration for Reckless are shown when she raised the money for not one but three monuments to this courageous horse at Quantico, Camp Pendleton and at the Kentucky Horse Park. In this latest book, incredible and inspiring true stories are told of some animals who received the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Dickin Medal during WWII and lesser-known stories of other military animals whose acts of heroism have, until now, been largely forgotten. Founded in 1943, the prestigious PDSA Dickin Medal is the highest award an animal can achieve for gallantry and bravery in the field of military conflict, a Victoria Cross of sorts for animals. War dogs came about after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Instead of originating from within the military,
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it was founded by a New York socialite, Arlene Erlanger. She was a poodle breeder and wanted to help the Allied effort. Starting a grassroots movement, she created Dog for Defense Inc., a volunteer organization that recruited a canine army, known as the K-9 Corps. Owners of dogs donated their personal pets to the war effort. The 40,000 animals were whittled down to about 19,000 after the first cut, but ultimately just more than 10,000 were chosen. The requirements said dogs had to be 28 inches tall at the shoulder and no more than 5-years-old. Once trained, they were put on assignment with strict secrecy imposed. Each of these stories will leave readers spellbound, but the most heartfelt one is of Judy, an English pointer. Chosen as a mascot for a Royal Navy gunboat, she provided a huge morale boost. After some of the crew was reassigned to another ship, Judy went with them. In 1942, attacked by more than 100 Japanese bombers, the ships sank, but luckily Judy survived the shipwreck with some crewmembers. On March 18, 1942, Judy and the surviving sailors were captured by the Japanese and became prisoners of war in forced labor camps. A new arrival, RAF pilot Frank Williams, took pity on
her and decided that she would be his companion. He taught her to obey signals and whispered speech, while she brought scraps of food she salvaged to him. Transferred to an even more brutal labor camp, Frank worked up to 16 hours a day to build railroad tracks. Williams described her as, “A skinny animal that kept herself alive through cunning and instinct ... I do not exaggerate when I say that this dog, with her example of courage to live, saved many of us who would surely have died.” Liberated in August 1945 by the allied soldiers, she lived with Frank until her death on Feb. 16, 1950. “When I heard about Judy, I knew she would be the heart and soul of this book,” Hutton said. “Her story touched me and it would also touch readers. She was resilient and became the heart of the POW camp. The men would say, ‘If Judy can make it, so can I.’ They persevered bewarrior Friend, continued on Page 9
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Michael Davis is out to prove himself
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ver the years the Chargers have been very successful in signing undrafted players who not only had a major impact on the team but also on the entire NFL — see Antonio Gates. One such player hoping to make a lasting impression is cornerback Michael Davis. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017, Davis spent his rookie season as a special teams performer with limited snaps (37) on defense. In an effort to get more physical, Davis spent the offseason taking wrestling lessons to improve his tackling skills, which paid off when he was promoted to the starting lineup in week nine against the Seahawks. As he prepared to face the Arizona Cardinals last week, Davis answered a few questions from MP reporter Art Garcia Jr. Art Garcia Jr: With three starts under your belt, how do you feel about your performance so far? Michael Davis: I think I’m doing pretty well. As you know, I’ve done a lot of work to improve myself particularly in my eyes, and in my eyes, I have grown a lot from last year (as a special teams play-
After spending his rookie season on special teams, Chargers cornerback Michael Davis is now starting.
How satisfying was it when the coach er) to this year when I became a starter. AG: I know you busted your hump promoted you to the starting line up? MD: It was a dream come true to play over the offseason by taking wrestling classes to improve your tackling skills. in the NFL, but it was also a dream to start in the NFL, and I got my opportunity. My coach always told me, “Mike, when you get an opportunity you have to seize the opportunity and run with it.” So that’s what I’m trying to do right now — I’m trying to seize my moment and run as fast as I can with it. AG: What has been the biggest adjustment, if any, you had to make going from a special teams performer and backup cornerback to now being a starter? MD: To be honest not much. You always want to be just as intense as a backup as you are as a starter because you never know what can happen. Like I say, you never know what can happen, you never know when your number is going to be dialed up and they throw you in there. And that’s the way it was with me — one day they called my number and said, “Number 43 you’re in, you’re starting.” AG: With the Chargers now located in L.A., they are your home team having grown up in Glendale. What was it like
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Army-Navy football is ‘America’s Game’ By Jeff Chidester Fosters.com
merica loves tales of rivalries, an epic contest between two opponents, whether it is a challenge between two teams, mano a mano, or the individual driven by their own internal forces. History helps establish a rivalry, but history often cannot fully appreciate the emotions that define all aspects of a rivalry. For some, the word rivalry often suggests an uncontrollable dislike one has for that which they perceive to be their opponent. Yet in reality, many rivalries are fueled more by respect and the desire for excellence. Such is the case with “America’s Game,” the ArmyNavy football game. For 128 years the Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and the Cadets of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point have faced each other for their final regular season game. At stake is often the “Commander-in-Chief ’s Trophy,” the Presidential Trophy awarded to the U.S. military academy with the best regular season record between the academies (Army, Navy and Air Force). The Black Knights of Army are the reigning champions, and are coming off a top 20 season. But putting aside all the talk of a rivalry, this contest is less about a football game, and more about what makes America great. Above all else, the Army-Navy football players are soldiers, sailors and Marines. Upon graduation, most will enter military service, and throughout the history of this game, some would graduate from the football field onto the battlefield. This fact is not lost on the Midshipmen and the Cadets. Although they may appear to be rivals on the field, they are comrades in peacetime and in conflict, for at the conclusion of this game, two teams become one in defense of our nation. It is with that knowledge and the respect that both sides have for one another, magnified by the traditions that are part of this game, that lead many to refer to this contest as America’s Game. There is subtle and not so subtle banter between the supporters of each academy. Friendly kidding, usually leveled against each team’s mascot, Bill the Goat (Navy) and a Mule (Army, names vary). As an Army veteran, I am well aware that the noble steed of Army is a far more appropriate mascot for a military academy, than a small, smelly, and frankly less intelligent beast, the goat. However, beyond the mascots there
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‘The noblest search is the search for excellence.’
Lyndon B. Johnson 36th. U.S. President Served Nov. 22, 1963 – Jan. 20, 1969
38th. U.S. Vice President Served Jan. 20, 1965 – Jan. 20, 1969
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From a slow take off to high flying By Lance Cpl. Levi Guerra 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
ORAL SEA — When people meet Capt. Kelsey Casey, they don’t initially think the petite, young woman with an energetic personality is a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps, but once she starts talking, her charisma becomes apparent, and it’s understandable why she’s the only female AV-8B Harrier pilot in the Marine Corps. Her dream of flying started at space camp at a young age. To her delight, she was picked to be the simulated pilot and climbed into a small, fake cockpit built to simulate a spaceship taking off. “Coming out of the final mission, we walked down a hall and all along the walls were these giant posters with every single astronaut team that had been to space,” Casey’s voice changed as she remembered, her eyes searching for the memory. “There were women in some of the later ones. I looked up at that and thought, ‘If they can do it, maybe I can too.’ That’s where it started.” Casey attended the U.S. Naval Academy following high school. She planned to major in aerospace engineering and
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Hutton decided “to nominate Chips for a Dickin’s Medal since he is America’s most decorated war dog. He received it cause of her and never gave up. Today dogs this January.” The British also started up a war dog are used to help with PTSD, and back then Judy was no different. She provided com- program in May 1941 and asked for citizens to volunteer their dogs. The War fort and security.” Another brave dog was Chips, a German Dogs Training School officially opened for shepherd trained as a sentry who attacked business on May 5, 1942, at a greyhound an Italian machine gun team, sustaining kennel in Northaw. Forty recruits were powder burns and saving his handler’s life. awaiting training. By the end of the war, He actually received the Silver Star, but it some 3,300 had been successfully diswas revoked in 1944 after a national com- patched to units across the globe. But some of the most special dogs were mander complained. Known as “Mr. Chips,” he was honor- those used for search and rescue. As the ably discharged on Dec. 10, 1945. Pvt. John British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Rowell, who served with the canine part- said of the German blitz, “Hitler hopes by ner, wrote, “We went through a lot together killing large numbers of civilians and wom... he is really wonderful. He saved my life en and children that he will terrorize and more than once when things were tough.” cow the people of this mighty imperial city For advertising information, call (858) 537-2280 • firstname.lastname@example.org Continued from Page 1
and make them a burden of anxiety to the government ... Little does he know the spirit of the British nation.” This includes the dogs that located buried air raid victims. Irma is an example of how the dogs gallantly found survivors — an Alsatian bred with exceptional intelligence and a strong devotion to duty. Her owner wrote in 1945, “Irma gave the position of victims under a collapsed house, and although there was some doubt in the minds of the men who were working on the ruins, excavations were made. As a result, they discovered two girls, both alive. This rescue was especially impressive because Irma refused to give up on the location, and kept returning to it, even after two days. Only because of her tenacity did the two girls survive.” Today there are dogs whose duties are search and rescue and others that recover.
Irma was a pioneer since she was able to discern if a victim was alive or dead and inform the human rescuers with different barks. Hutton said she hopes readers discover the heart of the animals and “how they will do anything for us. “They deserve to be honored because they answered the call of duty,” she said. “I have some projects that I hope will do just that. I am putting together an International War American Museum in Washington, D.C., where people can learn about these wonderful animals. I think there should be a medal of honor for dogs served. Each branch should have a medal to bestow on these animals. I also would love to do a war animal TV series that would have two or three stories with re-enactments showing the role they had throughout history, especially during wartime.” Dec. 1, 2018 7
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The angry wife met her husband at the door. There was alcohol on his breath and lipstick on his cheek. “I assume,” she snarled, “that there is a very good reason for you to come waltzing in at six o’clock in the morning?” “There is,” he replied. “Breakfast.”
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to be optimistic but at the same time, as you know, you can’t run away from the truth. So after the draft ended I got a few calls from different teams, and one was the Chargers who said they thought I could do well with them. So I called my agent and asked what he thought, and he said he talked to the Chargers too and he thought it would be a good spot for me, saying I could grow with them and he thought I could be a starter in the near future. So I said, “Let’s do it,” and playing for the Chargers is like playing right in my backyard here in L.A. AG: Did your agent mention to you how many undrafted players have had long, successful careers after signing with the Chargers? MD: He did mention a couple of players, but the one that sticks out is Jahleel Addae because he was undrafted and became a starter. So he (Addae) was the main player my agent talked about and I thought, “Well hell, if he went undrafted and became a starter why can’t I?” AG: With that being said, what is it like to be a player “on the bubble?” As ecstatic as you were making the team last year it had to be really hard when the team waived you during the first week of the season? MD: I was distraught. I really don’t like to talk about it because it was a bad moment in my life where I was kind of like, “Oh crap, can I play in this league? Am I talented enough?” I felt like crap where maybe I wasn’t good enough to play in the NFL, but then I called my mom and she remained optimistic and told me to just keep putting in my best effort. And the next day the Chargers signed me to the practice squad and I worked my butt off on special teams in particular and following the second week I was activated and played special teams for the rest of the year. So it all comes down to hard work and I know that I’m a hard worker. The Endzone: Raised in a single-parent household, Davis said his mom was his biggest influence growing up and credits her for instilling in him the belief and selfconfidence that he had the talent to play in the NFL. Davis has a son, Atticus Crowe, who helps keep his priorities in check where realizes everything he does, positively or negatively, effects his son and he is determined to provide the same kind of positive influence his mother had on him growing up. When asked what advice he would give people about not giving up on their dreams if at first, they don’t succeed at something, Davis said, “I would tell them what my mom always told me — to keep going, always give your best effort and to always put your best foot forward.”
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