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Marine mule train draws Rose Parade plaudits

January 1, 2010 |  9:44 am

A Marine mule pack shuffling along the Rose Parade route drew raucous applause from spectators.

"Thank you for your service!" shouted one man.

No, the animals won't be going to Afghanistan. Rather, they are helping train Marines who will contract for local mules to transport guns and supplies when they arrive in that mountainous country.

"They're just as heroic as any other Marine," said the Marine Corps' Jason Dahl.

And yeah, Dahl added, they can be a bit stubborn.

"When they're having a bad day, they'll let you know," he said. "They've got more personality than some people I know."

-- Robert Faturechi


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