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The Heartwarming Story Of Cher Ami, The Pigeon Who Saved 200 American Soldiers


World  (tags: world, war, pigeons, Cheri Ami, WWI, lost battalion )

Carrie
- 105 days ago - buzzfeed.com
Next time you're scraping hard white stuff off your windshield and cursing "rats with wings", take a moment to think about the noble history of pigeons that have saved hundreds of American lives in war with their bravery.



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Elizabeth M. (64)
Friday January 3, 2014, 7:06 pm
Very interesting. Cher Ami was a true war hero even if the pigeon was doing it out of pure training. I often wondered if pigeons were used in World War11 - now I know!!
Thanks Carrie.
 

Laurie H. (673)
Friday January 3, 2014, 8:41 pm
This was informative & much appreciated Carrie!!! Thanks so much!!~
 

Franck Rio (45)
Friday January 3, 2014, 11:44 pm
Interesting
 

Julie Botsch (12)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 2:03 am
Thanks! ...love the story. In truth, there should be a memorial in DC for animals who have contributed to the US military effort throughout the years. Plus, a medal of honor for animals should be created by the US as well.
 

Julie Botsch (12)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 2:04 am
As a child, I loved the Cher Ami story. ...very touching.
 

HELEN V. (48)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 2:08 am
carrie- am glad you posted the article. The carrier pigeon played a vital role in World war 1 and I believe there is a monument in France in their honour.
 

Birgit W. (135)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 4:12 am
The times before drones. Pigeons have been used for a very long time as messengers.
We should show far more compassion to pigeons.
 

Ruth S. (326)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 6:46 am
Animals saved thousands of lives during World War II.
The highest medal for animal bravery is the Dickin Metal.
Of the 54 Dickin Medals awarded for the war, 18 went to dogs, 3 to horses, 1 to a cat... and 32 to pigeons.
 

caroline s. (81)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 6:51 am
There is indeed a monument raised in 1936 in honor of the carrier pigeons used during the Worl War 1, in Lille (northern France) :-)
 

Michael A. (25)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 11:56 am
TY
 

Winn Adams (178)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 12:27 pm
Thanks for the story.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 12:38 pm
Touching story. Amazing what these pigeons could do. Thanks Carrie
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:26 pm
Thanks Carrie--another wonderful post.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:38 pm
Great story
 

Anne F. (17)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:52 pm
the monument is gorgeous: I hope there are fewer wars, so less need for soldiers, cannonballs, and war heroes.
 

Kate Kenner (202)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 3:06 pm
Animals are not recognized enough in history but personally I don't think they belong in wars. They aren't part of the pugnacious, greed, or hunger for power that creates wars and yet they are brought into them. I have great respect for pigeons even without this story. Sadly the first two who died are just seen as pigeons who didn't make it and died. he was avery brave pidgin but no less important than any other animal who was and is a part of war.
 

Kamia T. (61)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 3:21 pm
If we lived more in harmony with all the animals on the planet, and paid attention, I bet we'd find they'd be saving many more lives than was ever thought possible. Great post, thanks!
 

Nia M. (55)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 4:38 pm
This story needs to be told over and over. Pigeons are wonderful birds and folks need to get over their infatuation with no-poop-nation...
 

Arlene C. (106)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 8:14 am
DES HÉROS, MERCI ET PARTAGÉ
 

Muriel Servaege (37)
Monday January 6, 2014, 10:50 am
Thank you, Cher Ami. TY, TY...for your courage.
 

Alicia N. (87)
Monday January 6, 2014, 11:01 pm
THANK You little angel THANK YOU!!
 

Rehana VN (0)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 10:53 am
Pigeons, small intelligent little birds & to think that some humans dislike them & make pigeon pie ! Gross, yuk. This little creature is AMAZING. Love God's Creations He has a pupose for each & every one of them. Wonderful & highly informative article.Thank you
 

Patsy Olive (0)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 7:37 pm
What a wonderful story,it is so nice to read some good in this world.
 
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