World War II hero, Sergeant Gander, was honored this week with a statue at Gander Heritage Memorial Park.
The Newfoundland was the mascot of the Royal Rifles of Canada. One of the pup’s important jobs was intercepting the grenades thrown by the Japanese. Sergeant Gander would throw the grenades far away from his fellow soldiers.
This brave task eventually cost the dog his life. A grenade exploded in his mouth while he was rushing it away from the soldiers.
Philip Doddridge was one of those soldiers. He says:
“It’s very emotional, even talking about it, it’s very close to my heart.”
A statue representing the men of the Royal Rifles stands beside Sergeant Gander at the monument.