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FILE- Gustave an R.A.F. Coastal Command carrier pigeon, brought this War Correspondent’s dispatch back to England from the Allied Invasion forces off France, in this file photo dated June 6, 1944. The message from Reuters correspondent Mr. Taylor, was carried by Gustav the pigeon, and Gustav was awarded the Dickin Medal for animal gallantry for delivering the fist message from the Normandy Beaches from a ship off the beach-head while serving with the RAF on 6 June 1944. The latest animal to receive the Dickin Medal is announced Thursday Oct. 25, 2012, a bomb-sniffing army springer-spaniel dog named Theo, who died in Afghanistan on the day his handler was killed has been posthumously honored with the Dikin Medal, Britain's highest award for animal bravery, during a ceremony in London Thursday Oct. 25, 2012. Theo worked for five months in Afghanistan with Royal Army Veterinary Corps Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, searching out roadside bombs, but Tasker was killed in a firefight with insurgents in Helmand Province in March 2011, and Theo the dog died hours later. (AP Photo, File)