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‘Canines With Courage’

Dec 30, 2012

U.S. Marines with Lucca on "Canines With Courage" float; photo by Gary Friedman/LATimes

IRWINDALE, CALIF. – DECEMBER 27, 2012: Retired U.S. Marine Robert Harr, 86, (middle) is photographed with U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham (right) and U.S. Marine Cpl. Juan Rodriguez (left) and Lucca on Natural Balance Pet Foods 2013 Rose Parade float, “Canines with Courage, a floral replica of the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument, at Fiesta Floats in Irwindale on December 27, 2012. Lucca, an 8-year old German Shepherd/Malinois mix, was trained when she was two years old to work for the military. Lucca was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and on her missions no soldiers’ lives were ever lost, even the one where a bomb went off and burned her leg so badly that it had to be amputated. Lucca is now retired and lives with her first handler, Sgt. Willingham, in Finland. Cpl. Rodriguez was her other handler and saved her life when the bomb went off. Mr. Harr handled Rex, otherwise known as “Oki” a German Shepherd and the most decorated war dog in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.




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