A Guard Soldier’s Best Friend. On National Pet Day, the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame is taking a look at the story of Sergeant Stubby, a short brindle bull terrier, who was a World War I hero. Without an owner or home, he made his first steps into the world on a wing and a prayer. He named him "Stubby", and soon the dog became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division. Stubby is the subject of a 2018 animated film. Sgt. Stubby, according to vintage articles from his time (linked below in "references") and this 1921 one in particular, was noted to be a Boston Bull Terrier, which is the old term for the Boston Terrier breed. During WWI, he served as an investigator with Army Intelligence; he received a Purple Heart after being wounded in action. In addition to hanging out with the players and looking up cheerleaders' skirts (maybe), it eventually became tradition to bring Stubby out on the field during Halftime of football games and he'd pump the crowd up by running around the field pushing the ball around with his nose. Sergeant Stubby (1916 – March 16, 1926) was a dog and the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry Regiment (United States) and was assigned to the 26th (Yankee) Division in World War I. Instead of croaking, Stubby became more hardcore – he'd had his fill of getting the crap kicked out of him by chemical weapons, and thanks to his heightened sense of smell this little bastard could now sniff out mustard gas before it became lethal. The American version of Voytek the Soldier Bear, this fearless, ass-destroyingly ferocious Pit Bull Terrier started his humble life as most stray animals do – hungry, cold, alone, and stranded in the town of New Haven, Connecticut. In 1916, he appeared on Yale Field in Connecticut, and made friends with the soldiers there. Oh shit, I just remembered Arnold is Austrian, so that analogy has a whole other layer to it that I didn't intend when I originally wrote it. By Cory Grimm, U.S. Air Force Veteran. [11] Upon discovery by Conroy's commanding officer, Stubby saluted him as he had been trained to in camp, and the commanding officer allowed the dog to stay on board. for 1-2 hours a day for a period of around 6 months before they are matched with their future owner. Stubby joined up. The statue pays tribute to fallen Connecticut Veterans, where both Stubby and Robert Conroy are from. He inducted into the American Legion, offered free food for life from the YMCA, and whenever he went out of war bonds promotion tours five-star hotels would relax their "no dogs allowed" policy for the canine war hero. [13] At the end of the war, Robert Conroy smuggled Stubby home.[6]. Celebrating National Pet Day. Stubby became the first dog to be promoted to a rank the army, and, as a bitchin' side note, when the Americans brought the German spy back to camp they stripped the prisoner of his Iron Cross and pinned the German military medal on the dog's jacket instead. In 1914, Germany had about three thousand dogs in the army and Russia, Belgium, France, and England had dog soldiers. Not because he was unconscious of danger. Corporal Conroy was a Graduate of Law, Georgetown University. Sergeant Stubby Monday, November 26, 2018. . Achetez neuf ou d'occasion The dog hung around as the men drilled and one soldier, Corporal Robert Conroy, developed a fondness for the Boston Terrier. Yes, that's correct: Stubby outranks this mere human. When he recovered from his wounds, Stubby returned to the trenches. Le sergent Stubby sur le front en 1918. "Sergeant Stubby: America's original dog of war fought bravely on the Western Front—then helped the nation forget the Great War's terrible human toll", "The story of Sergeant Stubby, WWI's most decorated dog", "Stubby's Obituary: Stubby of A.E.F. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and allegedly once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him. Conroy later presented Stubby to the Smithsonian in 1956. Truth vs. fiction about the famous WWI war dog. Stubby servit dix-huit mois dans le 102e régiment dinfanterie de la 26e division d'infanterie (Yankee), dans les tranchées du nord de la France, participant à quatre offensives et à dix-sept batailles. He hung around as the men drilled and one soldier in particular, Corporal James Robert Conroy (1892-1987), developed a fondness for him. The descendants of Robert Conroy (Stubby's inseparable companion) tell the real story. 2.1K likes. The dog hauled ass, ran this guy down from behind, launched itself like a hair-covered missile, and bit into his calf, dropping the spy to the ground. STUBBY Slated to Open on April 13, 2018", "Sgt. Are you kidding me with this? The men of the 102nd, for their part, made Stubby a jacket designed to look like an American military uniform, and then they decorated it with Stubby's name, rank, and medals – medals that included the Purple Heart, the Republic of France Grande War Medal, the Medal of Verdun, and medals for every campaign in which he'd served.