Nancy West is the author of Chips: The War Dog - The True- Life Adventures Of The World War II Canine Hero (Hero Dog Publications) which is a fictionalized childrens book of a real-life Husky-Collie shepherd mix named Chips who fought in World War II.
West says the real Chips lived with a family in the U.S. and saved a young boy from drowning, but the owners thought Chips was too mischievous so they enlisted him in the army.
Chips became a guard dog and captured five Italian fascists, earning the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. Both medals were later taken away from him when Americans on the homefront disapproved of the awards going to animals.
West says Chips eventually returned to the U.S. and died of kidney failure.
Today, West wants people to people remember that there are currently 1,500 dogs serving in the U.S. military, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
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