Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog

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Move over, Rin Tin Tin. Here comes Sgt. Stubby! That German shepherd star of the silver screen may have been born behind enemy lines during World War I, but Stubby, the stump-tailed terrier, worked behind enemy lines, and gained military rank and honors along the way. Private Robert Conroy casually adopted the orphan pup while attending basic training on the campus of Yale University in 1917. The young recruit never imagined that his stray dog would become a war hero. He just liked the little guy. When Conroy's unit shipped out for France, he smuggled his new friend aboard. By the time Stubby encountered Conroy's commanding officer, the dog had perfected his right-paw salute. Charmed, the CO awarded Stubby mascot status and sent him along with Conroy's unit to the Western Front. Sgt. Stubby's brave deeds earned him a place in history and in the Smithsonian Institution where his stuffed body decorated with war medals can still be seen. Even 100 years later, Sgt. Stubby's great deeds and brave heart make him an animal hero to remember and treasure.

What a great book!  If you are an animal lover, you will really enjoy the story of Stubby.  Adopted by an army private training at Yale, Stubby became a hero, friend, and mascot of the 101st Infantry "Yankee Division".  Smuggled overseas by the man who loved him, Stubby won over commanding officers, wounded soldiers, and even French citizens.  Actual photos and journal entries enhance the story of Stubby.  Here is one of my favorite photos of Stubby:

In 1921, Stubby was featured in a magazine and appeared on the cover! 
Stubby was made a life member of the American Legion, the Red Cross and the YMCA.
In 1921, the Humane Education Society awarded him a special gold medal for his service  to his country. The medal was presented by General John Pershing.

Read More: Stubby The War Hero had a Huge Heart Like All Our Heros : Dave’s Diary |

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