Summary of the eRumor: A dog assigned with a K9 group at McChord Air
Force Base in Washington allegedly won the Congressional Medal of Honor
last year because of his performance in Iraq. The story claims that
his handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents.
His handler gave him a signal that meant to go away and come back and find
him. The dog did come back, attacked an insurgent guard, got access
to the room where the soldiers were being held, untied his handler, and
all the soldiers escaped.
The Truth: We don't know where the picture is from but
the story accompanying it is Fiction!
A long-time member of the K9 group at McCord Air Force base said no dogs
named Brutus have been sent to Iraq and there aren't any stories that he
knows of that resemble the one related in the eRumor.
Additionally, there is no dog named Brutus who has ever won the Medal of
Honor presented by Congress or any other animals for that matter.
Just for the record, the K9 unit member we spoke with said there is no
command taught to the dogs that tells them to go away and come back later.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
The K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord. He's huge - part Boxer
and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs. His handler
took the picture. Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some
Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree
just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did.
won the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq. His
handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents. Brutus
and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal
that meant 'go away but come back and find me'.
The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He came back later and quietly
tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another
door. He then jumpe d against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were
being held in an old warehouse) until it opened. He went in and untied his
handler and they all escaped. He's the first K9 to receive this honor. If
he knows you're ok, he's a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap.
Enjoys the company of cats.