On December 4, 1966, Nemo and Airman Bob Thorneburg were on patrol near the company’s airbase in Vietnam. The two came under enemy fire and the German Shepherd took a round to his eye and Throneburg was shot in the shoulder. Despite his wound Nemo attacked the enemy, giving Throneburg the time he needed to call in reinforcements. After Throneburg fell unconscious, Nemo crawled on top of the soldier’s body to protect him from harm. The dog didn’t let anyone touch his fallen handler; it took a veterinarian to remove Nemo when things quieted down. Nemo and Throneburg both recovered from their wounds, and Nemo received a honorable discharge due to his injury.