WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24: DOG AWARDED MILITARY MEDAL
Profile America — Monday, October 24th. It may seem strange, but it really happened. On this date in 1943, the distinguished service medal was awarded to Chips — a half husky, half shepherd dog, donated to the war effort by his owners in Pleasantville, New York. Chips was part of the 3rd Infantry Division during its landing in Sicily. His citation notes his "courageous action in singlehandedly eliminating a dangerous machine gun nest and causing surrender of the crew." Four months later, the medal was rescinded when the War Department issued regulations prohibiting the award of such decorations to animals. Not all dogs may be so brave, but they are all loved by their owners. Across the U.S. there are 72 million dogs and many households have two. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 1664
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1240
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau