Sergeant Siwash the hard drinking, hard fighting Marine duck

World War II - Siwash the Marine duck was a hard drinking, hard fighting Sergeant with the First Battalion of the Tenth Marine Regiment with a fondness for beer.

Won by a Marine in a poker game in New Zealand, the duck joined the Marines on the frontline at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 .

It was there that he was wounded during intense fighting - during which he engaged in wing to wing combat with a Japanese rooster.

His fellow Marines awarded him a Purple Heart following the war for his relentless dedication to duty.

While Siwash was referred to as 'he' during the war, it was discovered that she was actually a 'she' in her retirement at the Lincoln Park Zoo - the only duck now known to have concealed their gender in order to serve on the frontline

Siwash lived until 1954, when she died of a liver ailment (apparently not connected to the duck's love of beer) whereupon a funeral service was held at a taxidermist's shop.

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