During my ToD, we had a Dog & Handler team with us on one sweep around the Rockpile. It was a terribly hot day, trudging through the elephant grass caused several heat casualties amongst our troops. With each heat casualty we would leave a fireteam for security, with instructions to catch up when the downed Marine was able to move on. This went on with about half a dozen downed Marines, but not a single Marine was medevaced. Towards the late afternoon, the Dog we had with us started bleeding from the nose. We halted the sweep immediately and secured a medevac for the dog. Just showed us how expendable we were as compared to that dog.
Judy, born on 1936 in Shanghai, China, was a ship's dog on board HMS Gnat & HMS Grasshopper during WWII. She helped save the lives of the crew following the sinking of the ship. Once captured by the Japanese, she helped the men in the POW camp. She struck up a friendship with Frank Williams, with whom she spent the rest of her life. She was the only dog to be registered as a WWII POW. She survived in the jungles of Sumatra after the guards had sentenced her to death. She was awarded the Dickin Medal.
Judy died in 1950 in Tanzania from a tumour, after travelling with Williams there to work on a groundnut food scheme. Her Dickin Medal and collar were subsequently put on display at the Imperial War Museum in London as part of 'The Animal's War' exhibition.
Beauty the wire-haired terrier was owned by PDSA Superintendent Bill Barnet, who led one of the rescue squads in London for animals during the Blitz. One day in 1940, during a rescue mission, Beauty began to dig in the rubble alongside the rescue teams and found a cat – the first of 63 animals she found during her war service.
She was given the Dickin Medal in January 1945 "for being the pioneer dog in locating buried air-raid victims while serving with a PDSA rescue squad".