Introducing Stubby. That’s Sergeant Stubby to you: decorated WWI Hero, friend to presidents & total looker.
In 1917 Stubby, a pitbull puppy with a “stubbed” tail, was living on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut near an Army training camp at Yale University.
A private named J. Robert Conroy adopted Stubby.
At camp Stubby learned to respond to bugle calls, marched with the troops and saluted fellow soldiers.
When it came time to ship out Conroy smuggled Stubby aboard the USS Minnesota in an overcoat.
A smart dog, Stubby learned the difference between English and German and used it to decide which wounded soldiers to help on the battlefield.
His language skills came in handy in France, where Stubby sniffed out a German spy, bit him on the butt and held on until help arrived. Good dog.
For this act of valor, Stubby became the first war dog ever promoted to the rank of Sergeant. (He now outranked Corporal Conroy but they never fought about it.)
Mustard gas almost killed Stubby but after he recovered, he could detect incoming attacks and saved lives. Check out the Stubby patches his regiment wore on their gas mask packs.
In all Stubby served 18 months all along the Front, fighting in 17 different battles and four major campaigns. He survived shrapnel wounds and carried messages under fire.
General John J. Pershing, Commander of the US Forces, personally awarded Stubby a gold medal for heroism.
Stubby also earned a Purple Heart, the Medal of the Battle of Verdun and the Republic of France Grande War Medal.
After the war, Stubby was awarded lifetime membership in the American Legion, YMCA and American Red Cross.
Stubby met and charmed Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge.
After the war Conroy decided to go law school at Georgetown. While Conroy studied, Stubby parlayed his fame into a sweet gig as the Hoyas mascot. (We told you he was cool.)
In 1926 Stubby died in Conroy’s arms. He was so loved that The New York Times ran an obituary 3 columns wide and half a page long.
On this special day of rememberance, we’d just like to say
HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY, STUBBY!