During a 1945 Japanese "banzai" attack against U.S. troops in the Philippines, Bruce didn't wait for a command to act.<br><br>Instead, he hurled himself at three enemy soldiers with fixed bayonets who were poised to finish off two wounded GIs huddling in a foxhole. Bruce saved not only their lives but also those of others in the U.S. unit.<br><br>Two decades later, near Ton Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam, Nemo showed the same selfless guts under fire.<br><br>Though shot in the head during a 1966 Vietcong attack, Nemo charged the enemy and knocked two down, giving fellow U.S. soldiers time to radio for backup. When his comrade was shot, Nemo _though in severe pain and mortal danger _ crawled to him and covered him with his body, protecting him until help arrived.<br><br>For acts of similar bravery, many soldiers have been thanked with the nation's highest military medals. But because Nemo and Bruce were dogs, their valor has been all but officially overlooked.<br>* * * *<br><br>A number of dogs trained by the Corp established outstanding records in combat overseas. At least one dog was awarded combat medals by an overseas command. These were later revoked since it was contrary to Army policy to present these decorations to animals. <br><br>In January 1944, the War Dept. relaxed these restrictions and allowed the publication of commendations in the individual unit General Orders. This practice continued for the war dogs that served in Korea and later in Vietnam.<br><br>We should note, that England's war dogs also returned to their homes but as heroes receiving the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the British Victoria Cross. Each honorary medal, donated by the People's Royal Dispensary for Sick Animals, was engraved with the words, "For gallantry, we also serve." <br>* * * *<br><br>One WW II homing pigeon named “GI Joe” saved over 1000 allied soldiers lives in a single mission! He was awarded the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. His average speed on that flight was 60 mph!<br>* * * *<br><br>There are others . . . <br><br><br>KateMate
The man who relied on second-hand accounts of Kerry's swiftboat performance and appeared in the ad. . .<br><br>Oregon bar fields complaints against anti-Kerry veteran<br><br><br>Published: August 26, 2004<br><br><br>By ANDREW KRAMER<br>The Associated Press<br><br>PORTLAND — A county prosecutor who appeared in an ad criticizing Sen. John Kerry's war record has become the target of complaints to the Oregon Bar Association, alleging he made misleading statements in a sworn affidavit.<br><br>The bar has received 28 complaints in three days against Assistant Clackamas County District Attorney Al French, bar spokeswoman Kateri Walsh said.<br><br>French, a 20-year employee of the DA's office, appeared in the ad sponsored by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.<br><br>The ad stopped airing a week ago but remains a hot-button issue in the presidential campaign. It accuses Kerry of lying about his actions in Vietnam and the medals he was awarded for those actions.<br><br>In the spot, French says: "I served with John Kerry. ... He is lying about his record."<br><br>Before filming the ad, French signed a sworn affidavit asserting that Kerry received his Purple Heart medals "from negligently self-inflicted wounds in the absence of hostile fire."<br><br>In an interview with The Oregonian newspaper last week, French said he relied on secondhand accounts in making the statement, and[color:blue] had not personally witnessed Kerry in action.</font color=blue><br><br>That formed the basis of several of the complaints filed by fellow attorneys, some of whom noted in their letters that their objections were not motivated by politics.<br><br>"I encourage you to consider whether any rules were violated when Mr. French, by his own admission, appeared at least to misrepresent the truth when he swore under oath to facts of which he had no personal knowledge," wrote attorney Doug Sandstrom in one complaint.<br><br>"A fundamental requirement of (an affidavit) is that the affiant have personal knowledge of the matters therein related," Newport attorney David M. Gordon wrote in another.<br><br>A message left on French's answering machine was not returned Wednesday.<br><br>[color:blue]If the complaints are found to have merit, French could face a public reprimand, or a suspension or loss of his law license,</font color=blue> Walsh said.<br><br>But that's not likely, said one expert in Oregon legal ethics. In the affidavit, French never directly claimed he was an eyewitness to Kerry's actions in Vietnam, said Peter Jarvis, an editor of "The Ethical Oregon Lawyer."<br><br>"If people want to disagree about what happened 35 years ago, and each has his or her own recollection, you can't say anybody has made a misstatement of fact," he said.<br><br>The controversial ad backfired on another attorney Wednesday, when Bush-Cheney campaign lawyer Benjamin Ginsberg resigned after acknowledging he advised Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The group by law cannot be affiliated with either campaign.<br><br>http://www.newsregister.com/news/story_print.cfm?story_no=183965<br><br><br>KateMate
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