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The Alabama War Dogs Memorial Foundation is please to announce that Little Joe, its mascot, was the 2006 recipient of the Olivia Bearden Award. Little Joe was a scout dog in Vietnam, a soldier, serial # 223M, a hero. He died February 22, 1970 saving the life of Wade Franks, an Alabamian, his handler and members of the combat patrol they lead that day. The award was accepted on Little Joe's behalf by C. Wade Franks.

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