Six more U.S. animal heroes will be honored in the 2023 Animals in War & Peace Medal Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Here's the press release.
The Third Annual Animals in War & Peace Medal Ceremony will
recognize and honor six unsung U.S. animal heroes for their accomplishments in both war and peace in
Washington, DC on March 8, 2023.
Since 1943, the United Kingdom has been the only country in the world to honor animals with its
international PDSA Dickin Medal, also known as
the Victoria Cross for Animals.
U.S. Members of Congress will present medals to America's animal heroes at the March 8th ceremony for
either the Medal of Bravery or Distinguished Service Medal which is commensurate with the British PDSA
The Animals in War & Peace Medal of Bravery will be awarded to one pigeon and four canines that served
in past wars (posthumous), and current working or retired military dogs representing our military services
for their courage and sacrifice on behalf of the U.S. The 2023 heroes are The Mocker (WW1 pigeon); K9
Jafar (Baytown, TX Police Dept (alive)); MWD Paco P352 (U.S. Army (alive)); MPC Kay (75th Army
Ranger Regiment); and MPC Shimanski (Marine Corps Special Operations Command (alive)).
The Animals in War & Peace Distinguished Service Medal, will be awarded to a horse named Sgt. York
(U.S. Army Caisson Platoon (alive). Sgt. York is distinguished by his exceptionally meritorious service to
our nation in a duty of great responsibility.
Three of the alive canine heroes and their handlers, K9 Jafar, MWD Paco P352, and MPC Shimanski, will
be available for photos and media interviews at the ceremony at 3:30PM in the Gold Room, Rayburn House
To continue the efforts of creating the annual process of Congressionally mandated awards, a second House
Resolution will be introduced later this spring. The 2023 Congressional resolution sponsored by
Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL) acknowledges the importance of recognizing and honors our animals and
their valiant human handlers for bravery in war and peace. The first bi-partisan House Resolution, H.Res. 935,
was presented in the House of Representatives by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) in February
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2022 - 3:00PM (Press Interviews), 3:30PM to 5:30PM (Ceremony)
Place: The Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC
Hosts: The event is hosted by Angels Without Wings, Inc./Animals in War & Peace, The Livingood Group
LLC, and US War Dogs Association, Inc. The mission of Animals in War & Peace is to honor and recognize
U.S. animals for bravery and distinguished service in both war and peace where they, and their valiant human
handlers, will be appreciated and recognized for generations to come.
For more information: Robin Hutton, (805) 603-2174, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mari Lou Livingood, (703)
297-5961, email@example.com; or go to
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
2022 ANIMALS IN WAR AND PEACE MEDALS
SECRET SERVICE DOG DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
Wayne Homren, Editor
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