Lieutenant Colonel Abby DuBaree from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, said: “Lucca’s story has become famous in the US and I am so pleased that PDSA is honoring her contribution to the military campaigns in both Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Lucca is now retired and lives with Gunnery Sergeant Chris Willingham (pictured), who she served with in Afghanistan, and his family in California. Chris Willingham, said: “Lucca is very intelligent, loyal and had an amazing drive for work as a search dog.  She is the only reason I made it home to my family and I am fortunate to have served with her…Today, I do my best to keep her spoiled in her well-deserved retirement.”

In a special ceremony at Wellington Barracks, London, Lucca became the 67th recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal. 
She is the first U.S. Marine Corps dog to receive the esteemed honour.