Personal Information: Sergeant Stubby was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. His body can be seen on display At the Smithsonian, still wearing his special jacket which displays all the medals he won: * 3 Service Strips * Yankee Division YD Patch * French Medal Barrel of Verdun * 1st Annual American Legion Convention Medal * New Haven WWI Veterans Medal * Republic of France Grande War Medal * St Michael Campaign Medal * Wound stripe, replaced with Purple Heart when introduced in 1932 * Chateau Thierry Campaign Medal * 6th Annual American Legion Convention * Humane Education Society Gold Medal
Although “Stubby” is widely regarded as the Grandfather of all American War Dog he was not the first by any means. Dogs were commonplace during the Civil War as companions for the soldiers and during the Spanish-American War, “Jack Brutus” became the official mascot of Company K, First Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. “Old Jack”, as he was known, was considerably bigger than Stubby and fortunately the Connecticut soldiers never had to try to smuggle him anywhere since they basically spent the War encamped at various places here in the states providing coastal defense from Maine to Virginia. “Old Jack” died of spinal troubles and constipation in 1898. Whether the dogs is employed in a formal program or not you can be sure that wherever are soldiers in need of comfort and companionship there will always be a faithful dog nearby.
United States War Dogs Association www.uswardogs.org
The rewards for their courageous, life-saving efforts? left to die in a foreign land.
The Military Working Dog My eyes are your eyes, To watch and protect yours. My ears are you’re ears, To hear and detect evil minds in the dark. My nose is your nose, To scent the invader of your domain. And so you may live, my life is also yours. Author Unknown
Smoky Smoky is the smallest of the Famous Military dogs She was a 4 lb, Yorkshire Terrier who served in World War II in 1944 Smoky was found in a fox hole in the jungles of New Guinea by an American soldier who brought her back to camp and sold her to Corporal William A. Wynne for $ 6.44 for the next 2 years Smoky lived a soldiers life. Because she was not an official military dog, she did not get dog food or medical care. She shared Wynn’s meals and slept beside him in his tent. The little dog even flew 12 air/sea rescue and photo reconnaissance missions, secured in the soldiers backpack. She survived 150 air raids and saved Wynne by warning him of incoming shells. Like many Yorkies, Smoky also loved to learn tricks and perfrom. She did so with Special Services-entertaining soldiers in hospitals. After the war Smoky was flown back to the US hidden in a oxygen mask carrying case. For the next 10 years she made television and public appearances in Veterans hospitals until her death in 1957. Smoky is considered the first Therapy Dog.
George Graham Vest Old Drum
George Graham Vest
(December 6,1830-Augest 9, 1904) was a U.S. politician. Born in Frankfort, Kentucky
The congress of the Confederate States was the legislative body of the Confederate States of America, existing during the American Civil War between 1861 and 1865...during the Civil War , and finally a US Senator. He is best known for his closing arguments from the trail in which damages were sought for the killing of a dog named Old Drum on Oct 18, 1869. A hunting dog (Foxhound) Old Drum the case that made Vest famous. Vest took the case tried on September 23, 1870 apologize to every dog in Missouri.“ Vest closing argument won the case. A statue of the dog stands in front of the Warrensburg, Missouri Court House.
…In a Judge‘s word‘s George Graham Vest speaking: “Gentleman of the jury, the best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter whom he has reared with loving care can prove him ungrateful... Those who are nearest and dearest to us---those whom we trust with our happiness and good name-- may become traitors in their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It files away from him. Perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world--- the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous -- is his dog. “ Gentlemen of the jury, a man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, when the wintry winds blow, and the snow drives fiercely, if only he can be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wing and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. “ IF fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death: