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Beaufort-RAF
08-24-2006, 01:12 PM
A medal awarded to the only dog to be officially registered as a Second World War prisoner goes on public display today.

Judy, a mascot on board a torpedoed Royal Navy vessel, was captured after she was marooned alongside members of the crew in 1942.

She is credited with helping dozens of men survive a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.

Frank Williams, a British airman in the Sumatran camp, befriended the pedigree pointer and later persuaded Japanese officers to register her as a PoW.

She survived gunshot wounds and alligator bites as well as helping her fellow PoWs to distract camp guards.

Mr Williams later smuggled the faithful canine on to a ship to Liverpool after the Japanese surrender in 1945.

The PDSA (Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals) Dickin Medal - the "animals' Victoria Cross" - was presented to Judy in 1946. She died four years later.

Today relatives of Mr Williams will give the medal, and Judy's collar, to the Imperial War Museum in London where it will go on public display.



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DIRTY-MAC
08-24-2006, 01:18 PM
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Salute!

Monty_Thrud
08-24-2006, 02:00 PM
What a great story and what a lovely dog.

woofiedog
08-24-2006, 02:15 PM
Mint article... Very interesting! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Thank's for posting.

LEBillfish
08-24-2006, 03:06 PM
Kewl! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Waldo.Pepper
08-24-2006, 03:57 PM
Can't wait to tell my Wife!

Let's see a cat do that honey!!!

faustnik
08-24-2006, 04:08 PM
Good dog. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Low_Flyer_MkVb
08-24-2006, 04:09 PM
Great story.

One for Mrs Pepper...

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/hmscossack/memories.htm

"Oscar the tabby must have been one of the luckiest cats of all time - or unluckiest, depending on how you look at it. He started his naval career aged one year old on board the German battleship BISMARCK.

When the BISMARCK was sunk, Oscar was plucked from the waves by the Royal Navy and joined up with the Allies as official ship's cat on the destroyer HMS COSSACK. This posting lasted six months. When the COSSACK was torpedoed and sunk, once again Oscar found himself struggling to survive. The crew of the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL pulled him out of the sea and adopted him. His stay as ship's cat on the ARK ROYAL was even shorter. Just three days later, the carrier was torpedoed in the Mediterranean.

A born survivor, Oscar scrambled on to a piece of wood and was rescued for a third time. That was the end of his seafaring career and, after a spot of survivors leave in Gibraltar, he was posted to an Old Sailors' Home in Belfast. After a visit to a local vet he claimed political asylum and lived out the rest of his days there in peace."

Waldo.Pepper
08-24-2006, 04:20 PM
Knew about Oscar, impressive enough but for different reasons.

The Cat was a passive survivor. But Judy was an active hero, who did things rather than 'merely' (which is damned impressive enough) survived.

Beaufort-RAF
08-26-2006, 04:05 AM
Another nice pic.

http://www.burnabynow.com/issues03/033203/photos/ae1.jpg

F6_Ace
08-26-2006, 04:29 AM
Good job they didn't get holed up in Korea http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Quite a few animals were used in WW2 - homing pigeons were supposedly carried by RAF bombers to provide a method of revealing where they had been downed.

BiscuitKnight
08-26-2006, 05:26 AM
Originally posted by F6_Ace:
Good job they didn't get holed up in Korea http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Quite a few animals were used in WW2 - homing pigeons were supposedly carried by RAF bombers to provide a method of revealing where they had been downed.

And the good old Soviet dog mines.

HotelBushranger
08-26-2006, 05:29 AM
Reminds me of a story I heard on the boards a while ago of a bear adopted by Polish forces - now THAT was a great read!

Low_Flyer_MkVb
08-26-2006, 05:35 AM
Voytek - the soldier bear of Monte Cassino:

http://www.iranchamber.com/podium/history/050807_iranian_soldier_bear.php

DuxCorvan
08-26-2006, 05:49 AM
I love animals. I hate seeing them in such dire situations because of human issues. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Good puppy! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

BTW, amazing reading, Low_Flyer.

F6_Ace
08-26-2006, 07:39 AM
You ought to pay your respects at the 'Animals in War' memorial in London, Dux:

http://webpages.charter.net/ranowlan/Bobcat_2005_England-164.jpg

Beaufort-RAF
08-26-2006, 08:45 AM
Just to round off Judy's story, her adventures weren't over as Frank took her to live in East Africa and she's buried in Tanzania!

DuxCorvan
08-26-2006, 10:32 AM
Originally posted by F6_Ace:
You ought to pay your respects at the 'Animals in War' memorial in London, Dux:


Yep. One of the things I like more about the British -apart from British History, which I find fascinant- is that they really like animals.

If it weren't for fox hunting -which I hate almost as much as I hate bullfights here- I could even forget about Gibraltar... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

LEBillfish
08-26-2006, 10:36 AM
Originally posted by DuxCorvan:
.........If it weren't for fox hunting -which I hate almost as much as I hate bullfights here- I could even forget about Gibraltar... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Do they still have those in Spain? As I think in Mexico there are only a couple of spots left. Though cruel IMLTHO, and cannot imagine the fuss this will raise yet I'd like to see just one as a passing part of history.

TC_Stele
08-26-2006, 10:43 AM
That is a really cool story. It's nice that Judy received a medal to be awarded for animals.

There's a famous dog from WW2 in the US named Chips who was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart, however it was later stripped of having them after it was determined that dogs were only equipment during the war and it would demean others who received those medals.

It's too bad Chips never got anything else.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

DuxCorvan
08-26-2006, 10:55 AM
Originally posted by LEBillfish:
Do they still have those in Spain? As I think in Mexico there are only a couple of spots left. Though cruel IMLTHO, and cannot imagine the fuss this will raise yet I'd like to see just one as a passing part of history.

Yeah, unfortunately, we have them, and it seems to me, we'll have them for many years.

I understand your curiosity. Bullfighting is full of mythical Spanish stereotypes, and has a certain shroud of manly test of valour around the figures of matadors.

But, you see, most of this is, to match the topic... bullsh*t. Bulls are often mistreated, beaten, half-sick and sometimes even doped before they're released on the arena, so they're not as much a risk to the bullfighters. Some of them won't even act if the bull has not been 'softed' before.

Then, the 'artistic' torture begins. They're stabbed with terrible colourful harpoons called 'banderillas', which are stuck in the bull's back so he bleeds a lot and is even weaker. Sometimes, horsemen stab the bull with spears, to weaken it even more. Horses are often the victims of bull's fear, pain and anger, and suffer terrible wounds: now it's common that the horses wear some fake 'soft' protection, but in fact this serves more for the purpose of hiding the animals inners hanging from its belly.

Finally, after some 'artistic' taunts with a cape, the matador slays the bull with a precise stab of a sword, directly between the bull's back bones, right into his spine and heart. If he fails, bull has to suffer some attempts, or be finished up with a dagger, hitting his brain bulb behind his head.

There are LOTS of blood, which is hardly seen on TV, but if you attend a 'corrida', and you are near the arena, it is really shocking and gory.

Bullfighters are rarely wound, but when they are, they suffer very serious wounds, and it's not a nice show seeing a guy running for his life with his testicles ragged and pumping blood from his femoral arteria.

And I don't mind if it is tradition: widow burning is also a tradition in India, as are human sacrifices and cannibalism in many cultures, and I don't think they're allowed by civilizated governments.

Snow_Wolf_
08-26-2006, 11:28 AM
damn i thought you mean this Judy .......lol
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Enforcer572005
08-28-2006, 08:07 AM
War dogs in US service distinguished themselves and saved many soldiers lives. there is a graveyard on Guadalcanal for all the ones KIA there. In Vietnam, the miitary estimates they saved at least 10,000 American lives. There are several cases of dogs dragging wounded soldiers to cover, sometimes wounded themselves. They KNOW they are at war, and are fully aware of what's going on around them.

I lost my Husky Abbey lately after 13.5 yrs of antics that would fit into a 3 stooges episode very well. The soldiers they serve with sure don't think they are just equipment. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif