Every war has heroes; some go unsung, while others become king. During World War II, from the midwestern state of Illinois came one such warrior. The only thing was; he wasn’t human. King Neptune was actually a Hereford swine, a breed characterised as mostly red, with a white face and ears and at least two white feet. Similar to that of the Hereford breed of cattle.

Spared from a fate on a barbecue spit, this patriotic porker became a home-front star raising $19m in war bonds (over $308m in 2019 adjusted for inflation).