U.S. animals now have a medal for wartime bravery
Five dogs, two pigeons and one horse were honored on Capitol Hill.Perhaps that is why applause for a stuffed pigeon in a plexiglass case in a House building seemed particularly vigorous on Thursday evening. The bird has been dead for 58 years, but during World War II, he saved more than 100 Allied soldiers by flying 20 miles in 20 minutes to deliver a message that aborted an imminent bombing by friendly forces. His name was GI Joe, and he was one of the eight recipients of a new charity-sponsored medal of bravery for American war animals.
President Donald Trump on Monday surprised the press corps by trotting out the military dog injured in last month’s raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“We actually just gave Conan a medal and a plaque,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden. “I think Conan knew exactly what was going on. But a dog that is very, very special.”
The dog rocketed to fame when Trump gave it a shout-out in his address to the nation announcing the Baghdadi raid last month.
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“Our K-9, as they call — I call it a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog — was injured and brought back,” he told the press. The dog’s participation in the raid quickly went viral, leading Trump to declassify a picture of Conan via tweet.
“We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!” he wrote. Shortly after, he reposted a photoshopped picture of himself placing a medal around Conan's neck that quickly became one of his most retweeted posts ever.
Since then, after teasing a White House visit by the dog, Conan was featured in a satirical White House press briefing on “Saturday Night Live,” but chatter of a visit from Conan went dormant as impeachment proceedings heated up on Capitol Hill.
Conan’s surprise appearance came one day before Trump is set to participate in the annual pardoning of Thanksgiving turkeys. The president and first lady Melania Trump flanked the dog on either side as he spoke to the press, while Vice President Mike Pence hung back and pet Conan sporadically as the dog sat still by the legs of his handler.
"The dog is incredible. Actually incredible," Trump said. "We spent some good time with it. So brilliant and so smart."
He added, "They are very special dogs. They are very hard to get, this particular dog is. This is the ultimate fighter, the ultimate everything."
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