"Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, retired in 2012 after dedicating six years of her life to the U.S. Marine Corps, protecting her fellow military troops by using her sharp nose to sniff out bombs and other weapons.
During a mission in Afghanistan, she came across a homemade bomb and lost her leg when it detonated underneath her, also suffering from burns on her body in the aftermath, the Telegraph reports."
"But on Tuesday in London, Lucca was recognized for all of the hard and dangerous work she had done while in service, which accumulates to more than 400 successful missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"She was given the PDSA Dickin Medal - it's the highest honor in the world an animal who serves in the military can receive. She's also the first U.S. Marine Corps dog to be bestowed with the honor."
"After protecting the lives of thousands of allied troops, Lucca now lives a pretty peachful life with her owner, Gunnery Sergeant Chris Wiillingham, in California."
'"She is the only reason I made it home to my family and I am fortunate to have served with her," Willingham told the Telegraph. "Today, I do my best to keep her spoiled in her well-deserved retirement."'
"Learn more about how Lucca became a hero and what her duties while in service entailed:"
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