THE MOST DECORATED DOG IN HISTORY WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ON MILITARY BASES TODAY
THE MOST DECORATED DOG IN MILITARY HISTORY
WAS A PITBULL NAMED STUBBY
I’ve heard it said that reporters will claim a dog attack was the result of a pit bull in order to get the sensation needed to get their stories published and I believe it.
THIS PITBULL SAVED COUNTLESS LIVES.
The following story gives a different perspective to this most maligned breed.
Even though the most decorated dog in history was a Pitbull, Pitbulls along with Rottweilers, Chows and wolf mix breeds have been banned from all military base housing.
Attending combat training at Yale Univ., Private J. Robert Conroy found a brindled puppy and named him Stubby for his short tail. Stubby learned to respond to the bugle call, and would put his right paw to his right eyebrow when another soldier would salute him. After training Conroy smuggled Stubby aboard a transport truck , train and finally the S.S. Minnesota docked at Newport news, Virginia. He was hidden in the ship’s coal bin. Once at sea, he was released on deck.
Noting Stubbys salute Conroy’s commanding officer allowed him to proceed to the front lines in France with Conroy.
Even though Stubby was 22 inches at the shoulder he served in 17 battles and 4 offensives. He was wounded by a grenade and exposure to chlorine gas released by the Germans on the troops. Stubby was taken to a Red Cross field hospital . When he was able, he moved about the hospital,improving morale and charming his fellow patients, the soldiers.
Stubby had a new sensitivity to gas after he was wounded . He was able to smell the gas long before the soldiers could. He warned sleeping soldiers of gas attacks by racing through camps, barking and biting at the soldier’s boots. As soon as he warned every soldier , Stubby removed himself from the vicinity so he would not incur further injury.
STUBBY PROMOTED TO SERGEANT
The commander of the 102nd Infantry promoted Stubby to sergeant after he captured a German spy who was mapping positions. Stubby spotted the spy skulking in the brush. The spy called to Stubby but Stubby knew he was up to no-good. He held the prisoner, barking and biting at the man’s heels and legs. Troops arrived and relieved him of his position.
Stubby could tell the difference between the enemy and U.S. soldiers. Upon hearing wounded soldiers in “no-man’s land” (the trenches between us and enemy troops) speaking English, he went to them, guarded them and led paramedics to them.
In Paris France, Stubby saved a little girl from being run over by a car.
After the war, Stubby was once again smuggled aboard another ship and returned to the U.S. He was a guest at the white house and met presidents, Wilson, Harding and Coolidge. The Grand Hotel Majestic in New York City lifted their ban on dogs and allowed Stubby to stay at their hotel when he was en-route to the white house.
Like all soldiers, Stubby dog tags were made especially for him and Stubby received awards and medals,lots of them.
- 3 Service Stripes
- Yankee Division YD Patch
- French Medal Battle of Verdun
- 1st Annual American Legion Convention Medal Minneapolis, Minnesota Nov 1919
- New Haven WWI Veterans Medal
- Republic of France Grande War Medal
- St Mihiel Campaign Medal
- Purple Heart
- Chateau Thierry Campaign Medal
6th Annual American Legion Convention
He became the mascot for Georgetown’s football team. During half-time he would nudge a football around the field, delighting the crowd.
Stubby’s remains are at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington,D.C.
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