Sergeant Stubby

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Sergeant Stubby
Sergeant Stubby.jpg
Sergeant Stubby
Born1916 or 1917.
DiedApril 4, 1926 (aged 9–10)
Place of displaySmithsonian - "The Price of Freedom" exhibition
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
RankSergeant
Unit102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsHumane Education Society Gold Medal Medal of Honor
Wound stripe
Other workHoyas' mascot
 
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Sergeant Stubby
Sergeant Stubby.jpg
Sergeant Stubby
Born1916 or 1917.
DiedApril 4, 1926 (aged 9–10)
Place of displaySmithsonian - "The Price of Freedom" exhibition
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
RankSergeant
Unit102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsHumane Education Society Gold Medal Medal of Honor
Wound stripe
Other workHoyas' mascot

Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America's first war dog, Stubby served for 18 months and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him. Back home his exploits were front page news of every major newspaper.

Early life[edit]

Stubby, according to vintage articles from his time,[1] was noted to be a Boston bull terrier.[2][3]

Military service[edit]

Sergeant Stubby wearing his uniform and medals

Stubby served with the 102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division in the trenches in France for 18 months and participated in four offensives and 17 battles. He entered combat on February 5, 1918 at Chemin des Dames, north of Soissons, and was under constant fire, day and night for over a month. In April 1918, during a raid to take Schieprey, Stubby was wounded in the foreleg by the retreating Germans throwing hand grenades. He was sent to the rear for convalescence, and as he had done on the front was able to improve morale. When he recovered from his wounds, Stubby returned to the trenches.

After being gassed, Stubby learned to warn his unit of poison gas attacks, located wounded soldiers in no man's land, and — since he could hear the whine of incoming artillery shells before humans could — became very adept at letting his unit know when to duck for cover. He was solely responsible for capturing a German spy in the Argonne. Following the retaking of Château-Thierry by the US, the women of the town made Stubby a chamois coat on which were pinned his many medals. He also helped free a French town from the Germans. He was later injured in the chest and leg by a grenade. At the end of the war, Robert Conroy smuggled Stubby home. [4]

After the war[edit]

Sergeant Stubby's brick at the World War I Memorial

After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity and marched in, and normally led many parades across the country. He met Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Starting in 1921, he attended Georgetown University Law Center with Conroy, and became the Georgetown Hoyas' team mascot.[5] He would be given the football at halftime and would nudge the ball around the field to the amusement of the fans.[6]

Medals and Awards[edit]

Stubby was featured in the Brave Beasts exhibit at the Legermuseum in Delft, The Netherlands.[7]

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