The Dog Who Barked for Victory
In a previous post, you read all about Sergeant Stubby. In this episode, listen for more information about the dog who joined the war efforts, serving in 17 battles.
Stubby's military decorations included three service stripes, the French Battle of Verdun Medal, New Haven World War I Veterans Medal, Republic of France Grande Guerre Medal and the Château-Thierry campaign medal. He was also made a life member of the American Legion, the Red Cross and the YMCA. When the Humane Education Society awarded him a gold medal in 1921, it was presented by General John Pershing.
After the war, Stubby became a national celebrity, attending military parades up and down the country. He even got to meet three presidents: Wilson, Harding and Coolidge.
In 1926, he died peacefully in Private Conroy’s arms. Brave, but also lucky, he was the most decorated dog of the First World War. He was also the only dog to be promoted to the rank of sergeant through combat.
To learn more about Stubby, listen to the full episode of our podcast, Unknown History, in the top right hand player of this page or on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify. Plus, connect with Giles on Twitter and Facebook.