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The True Historic Story About Sergeant Stubby: The Most Honored Canine in U.S. Military History

During World War I, in the middle of all the chaos, a small but mighty hero emerged: a brave dog named Sergeant Stubby.

Stubby, a stray Boston Terrier mix, was found by Private J. Robert Conroy while training with the 102nd Infantry Regiment at Yale University. The little dog quickly won over the soldiers with his friendly nature and smarts. Conroy smuggled Stubby onto the ship heading to France, where Stubby’s amazing journey began.

For 18 months, Stubby served alongside the soldiers in the trenches, taking part in 17 battles. His sharp senses were incredibly valuable. Stubby could detect incoming artillery shells before they exploded, barking to warn the soldiers and saving many lives. His keen sense of smell helped him find wounded soldiers, leading medics to them.

One memorable act of bravery happened when Stubby found a wounded soldier in no man's land. Despite the danger, he stayed with the soldier until help arrived, showing his unshakable courage and loyalty. Stubby even caught a German spy mapping out the Allied trenches, attacking and holding him until American soldiers arrived.

For his heroics, Stubby was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, making him the first dog to receive a rank in the U.S. Army. He wore a special uniform decorated with medals, each representing his bravery and service.

When the war ended, Sergeant Stubby returned to the U.S. as a celebrated hero. He marched in parades, met three sitting presidents—Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, and Calvin Coolidge—and became a symbol of American bravery and determination.

Stubby passed away in his sleep in 1926. His preserved remains are on display at the Smithsonian Institution, honoring his extraordinary service.

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