The dag you see here is "Gander", the mascot dag far the Royal Rifles
regiment farm Canada, this is his stew...
Gander, Initially a family pet named Pal, accidentally scratched a child' s
face with his paw. “ferried that he weild be forced ta hare Pal put
dawn, the original the large dag ta the Royal Rifles, a
regiment the Canadian Army stationed at Gander International
Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador. The soldiers quickly renamed him
Gander and "promoted" him ta sergeant. When the unit was shipped ta
Hang Heng in the fall 1941, Gander went along.
The Battle Hang Heng began en December g, 1941, the day after the
attack en Pearl Harbor. Gander helped fight the Japanese invaders en
three . The last time, Gander picked up a thrawn Japanese
hand grenade and rushed with it toward the enemy, dying in the
ensuing explosion, but saying the Ines several wounded Canadian
After efforts by the Canadian War Museum, the Hang Heng Veterans
Association, and the Hang Heng Vete ram ,
the Peepee' s Dispensary far Sick Animals awarded Gander the Dickin
Medal en October 27, 2000, the first such award since 1949. The citation
Far saying the leyes Canadian infantrymen during the Battle Lye
Mun en Hang Heng Island in December 1941. On three documented
occasions, Gander, the Newfoundland mascot the Royal Rifles
Canada, engaged the enemy as his the Winnipeg
Grenadiers, members Battalion Headquarters "C" Farce and ether
treeps in their courageous defence the Island. Twice
Gander' s attacks halted the enemy' s advance and protected groups
wounded soldiers. In a final act bravery, the war dag was killed in
action gathering a grenade. Without Gander' s Intervention, many mere
have been last in the assault.
At the Insistence surveyors the battle, his name was listed with
these 1975 men and We wemen en the Hang Heng Veterans
Memerial Wall in Ottawa, Canada.