Photo: Past recipients of the Animals in War & Peace Medal of Bravery and Distinguished Service Medals. Incredible heroes!
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The 3rd Animals in War and Peace Medal Ceremony was held on March 8, 2023, in Washington, DC, and hosted by Angels Without Wings, Inc./Animals in War & Peace, The Livingood Group, and US War Dogs Association, Inc. Members of Congress presented six animals with the Animals in War & Peace Medal of Bravery (5), and the Animals in War & Peace Distinguished Service Medal (1).
Our 2023 Animals in War & Peace Medal of Bravery medalists consist of a pigeon from World War I and four canines: K9 Jafar, Baytown, Texas Police Dept (MOB #12); The Mocker (pigeon), US Army Signal Corps (MOB #13); MWD Paco P352, US Army 3rd Special Forces Group (MOB #14); MPC Kay, US Army 75th Ranger Regiment (MOB #15); and MPC Shimanski, USMC Special Operations Command (MOB #16).
The Animals in War & Peace Distinguished Service Medal was presented to one horse that was distinguished by his exceptionally meritorious service to the U.S. in a duty of great responsibility: Sgt. York, US Army Caisson Platoon (DSM #4).
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2023 Animals in War and Peace Medalists and Hosts gather together in celebration.
Back row (l-r): Dr. Jay Coisman, Jocelyn Russell, Mari Lou Livingood (TLG), Capt. Carlin Keally (Sgt. York), SPC Bryce DeGraca (Sg. York), SPC Carlos Aispuro (Sgt. York), Robin Hutton (AWP), Tammy Call (The Mocker), Frank Blazich, Karen Storms, Paul Morando (The Mocker - hiding), Kristen Seitz, Chris Willingham (USWDA), Alex Schnell (USWDA), Linda Blick (ToH). Front row (l-r): David Kontny, Brad Mrsny and MWD Paco P352, Brandon Marquez and MPC Shimanski, Travis Harrison (MPC Kay), Cpl. Jeremy Stevens and K9 Jafar.
Courtesy of Mary Kulakowski and Tails of Hope Foundation, Inc
The latest book from New York Times bestselling author, Robin Hutton, honoring the animals that served in World War II. Many animals in the book received the British award, the PDSA Dickin Medal, also known as the "Victoria Cross for Animals." These stories also inspired the new Animals in War and Peace Medal of Bravery and Distinguished Service Medal, and the International War Animals Museum. (Click here)
Click on the image to read more about the Inaugural Animals in War & Peace Medal of Bravery Recipients
Click on the image to read more about the first Animals in War & Peace Distinguished Service Medalists