Marine Dog Gets Military Funeral After Over 400 Combat Missions in Middle East

July 20, 2021

A war dog named Lucca, who served in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, was given a full military burial in Michigan over the weekend. Her longtime handler, retired Marine Master Sergeant Chris Willingham, carried the dog's ashes behind the canine honor guard during the ceremony for the 14-year-old German Shepherd. In 2016, Lucca was awarded the Dickin Medal, which is the highest honor a military service animal can get. Lucca was the first working dog in the military to receive it.

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