Marine Dog – Lucca

Man, this got my eye plumbing leaking…

Pacific Paratrooper

Two Heroes! Two Heroes!

Marine dog, Lucca, was given a wonderful tribute in the Parade Sunday magazine.  After more than 400 missions in Afghanistan, no one had been hurt by an IED when they were with her.  She was the only one that the Green Berets felt comfortable hugging after a tough day.

Mamma Lucca, as she is nicknamed, was injured herself.  Handler Col. Juan “Rod” Rodriguez quickly applied a tourniquet and she was air-lifted to one veterinary team after another in all-out attempts to save her life.  They succeeded, but Lucca lost her right left leg in the action.  You can see her honorary Purple Heart on her harness.  Today she lives with her original trainer, Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham and his family.  She continues to serve at VA hospitals and in schools.

Could someone please explain to me WHY this Hero’s Purple Heart is considered HONORARY??

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Farewell Salutes – 

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2 thoughts on “Marine Dog – Lucca”

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Mamma Lucca’s story (though I knew you would) so much as to reblog it on your own site. She’s a true hero in her own right and I was hoping she could stand as a “poster child” for all the other faithful Marines. Who would think they send each one out over 400 times?

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