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Lucca with her handler Marine Cpl. Juan Rodriguez, who brings her to her former handler Marine Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham. Watch her video
Lucca received a Purple Heart plaque from the Mike Spann Detachment and The Alabama Marines Foundation. Lucca is a true hero, who has saved countless lives during three combat deployments (one time in Iraq and two in Afghanistan) and this plaque recognizes her sacrifice while protecting all who followed in her footsteps.
Lucca on patrol with Marine Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Willingham
"7 years ago today (23 April 2006), Lucca and I were paired together and began our training as a dog team. On23 April 2007, Lucca and I landed in Iraq and served with several units during the surge, south of Baghdad. During her first deployment, Lucca located numerous IED's and caches, saving countless lives. She was the only reason I made it home to my family. Military Working Dogs have been serving our country since WWII and I am very proud to be part of a community that has an amazing legacy. #K-9" qoute from page: