Now, I'd heard of the Dickin Medal before, having watched the animated movie Valiant (what an educational tool!) and remembered that one of the current 62 awards was given to a cat.
Yes, a cat. and I was like 'what? no self respecting cat would do anything in a war....they might defend their territory, if agressive enough like this little guy...but a war? come on! Someones yanking our chain.
So I went an looked it up.
1949: Simon - the ship's cat on HMS Amethyst during the Yangtze Incident, noted for surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale and killing off a rat infestation during the incident. Rank raised to Able Seaman and awarded campaign medal
all cat lovers should read the links.