Considered the most decorated dog in World War II, Chips, a German Shepherd mix, saved his handler when Italian soldiers began shooting at the duo with a concealed machine gun during the July 1943 invasion of Sicily. Chips gallantly rushed the Italian stronghold and captured four Italian soldiers enduring powder burns and a scalp wound from the raid. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower personally thanked Chips for his bravery and loyalty to the soldiers.



    Chips was the most decorated war dog from World War II.[1] Chips was a German Shepherd-Collie-Siberian Husky mix owned by Edward J. Wren of Pleasantville, New York.

    During the war, private citizens like Wren donated their dogs for duty. Chips shipped out to the War Dog Training Center, Front Royal, Virginia, in 1942 for training as a sentry dog. He served with the 3rd Infantry Division in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. His handler was Pvt. John P. Rowell. Chips served as a sentry dog for the Roosevelt-Churchill conference in 1943.[citation needed] Later that year, during the invasion of Sicily, Chips and his handler were pinned down on the beach by an Italian machine-gun team. Chips broke from his handler and jumped into the pillbox, attacking the gunners. The four crewmen were forced to leave the pillbox and surrendered to US troops. In the fight he sustained a scalp wound and powder burns. Later that day, he helped take 10 Italians prisoner.

    For his actions during the war, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross,[citation needed] Silver Star,[1] and Purple Heart;[1] however, these awards were later revoked due to an Army policy preventing official commendation of animals.[1] His unit unofficially awarded him a theater ribbon with an arrowhead for an assault landing, and battle stars for each of his eight campaigns.

    Chips was discharged in December 1945 and returned to the Wren family; but was later given to the handler after the visit.

    In 1990, Disney made a TV movie based on his life, entitled Chips, the War Dog.[2]

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