WAR DOGS who Served with Distinction!
|CHIPS - internet photo|
|STUBBY - courtesy: Purple Heart Foundation|
A pit bull named Stubby served during World War I and was America’s most decorated war dog, according to the History Extra website: Sergeant Stubby (c1916–1926) was an American dog who served as the mascot of America’s 102nd Infantry Regiment during the First World War. Found in Connecticut in 1917 by members of the infantry, Stubby was stowed away on a ship to France by a young soldier called Robert Conroy and went on to participate in four offensives and 17 battles. Although the US military didn’t yet have an official “military working dog” program, Stubby’s instincts and charm made him a firm favorite with the men of the regiment, who taught him how to raise his paw in a salute.
Rin Tin Tin was a military service dog before becoming a movie star, according to War History Online, which details the story of the soldier who rescued him and his siblings: It was September 15, 1918, just after the success of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. Corporal Lee Duncan, an aerial gunner of the U.S. Army Air Service, was sent to the small French village of Flirey to find a suitable airfield for the 135th Aero Squadron. The area had been bombed, and while exploring it, he found a severely damaged kennel in which there was a German shepherd dog dying of hunger with a brood of five puppies. The eyes of her litter were still closed. At the end of the war in 1919, Duncan loaded the dogs onto a ship that brought them all to the USA.
An English bulldog named Jiggs became a mascot for the Marines following his service during World War I.