Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sergeant Stubby (Decorated canine veteran of WWI)

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Sgt. Stubby via Wikipedia

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 Seicheprey (Meurthe-et-Moselle), 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 himself, 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 Ch√Ęteau-Thierry by the US, the thankful women of the town made Stubby a chamois coat on which were pinned his many medals.

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Stubby is the only dog to have been promoted to Sgt. in combat. He was wounded twice, & captured a German spy. http://bit.ly/jupUJEThu May 05 18:34:18 via TweetDeck
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