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6 Amazing real-life dogs immortalized in film


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Paul Asay - published on 04/21/18

Chips (1940-46)

Film: Chips, the War Dog (1990)

AP | Walt Disney Productions

Chips, a Siberian husky/German shepherd mix, began his military career in 1942 as a sentry dog. But when he and his handler, Pvt. John Rowell, were shipped out to Sicily, Chips showed he could do more than just guard. When he and his owner were pinned down by gunfire, Chips bolted from Rowell, leapt into the Italian pillbox and attacked the gunners: Four of them quickly surrendered to Allied forces. (He allegedly helped capture another 10 Italian soldiers the same day.) Chips was injured in the fight, earning him a Purple Heart—one of several medals Chips earned, including a Distinguished Service Cross and a Silver Star. Alas, the Army later revoked his medals on account of the fact that Chips was, y’know, a dog.

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