The mascot of the 102nd infantry, Sgt. Stubby was a Boston terrier smuggled on to a Paris bound ship by Cpl. Robert Conroy in 1917. Sgt. Stubby was well known for finding men wounded on the battle field and alerting the men of incoming mortar fire because he could hear them launch much before the men could.
Sgt. Stubby was quite the celebrity when he returned home greeted by several presidents and he even attended Georgetown University with Cpl. Conroy. He was said to be the college mascot and would run around the football field at halftime with a football in his mouth.
You can visit Sgt. Stubby in the Smithsonian museum were he’s been on display since he died in 1926.
A member of the “Fightin First” Infantry Division, Rags was a Terrier mix adopted in 1918. He helped soldiers by running messages back and forth along the front lines in World War 1 and is responsible for saving one unit from certain death with a message he delivered. On his final mission he was blinded by gas in one eye and his handler died not long after in 1919. He was adopted by the 1st Infantry Division as their mascot until he died in 1936. Rags received multiple honors and was given a military burial.
A German shepard mix donated to the US Army by his owner via a program called Dogs for Defense was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for his heroics in World War 2. He’s responsible for the surrender of 14 enemy soldiers. He was honorably discharged and returned to his owner in 1945.
An Airedale terrier, Jack also worked on the front lines of the battlefield delivering critical messages and supplies to soldiers during World War 1. With no way for soldiers to cross the front lines during a feverish exchange of small arms and mortar fire to deliver an important message, Jack was called for duty. Jack, badly injured with a broken jaw, deep shrapnel wounds and a broken leg managed to deliver the message but died seconds later due to his injuries.
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