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snopes 12 December 2012 08:53 PM

Sgt. Stubby -- War Dog Hero
Comment: "STUBBY"

In honor of Veterans Day, I thought this little bit of history interesting to share.


Meet America's first war dog, a stray Pit Bull/Terrier mix, named Stubby.
He became Sgt. Stubby, was the most decorated war dog of World War I and
the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat.

One day he appeared at Yale Field in New Haven, Connecticut; while a group
of soldiers were training, stopping to make friends with soldiers as they
drilled. One soldier, Corporal Robert Conroy, developed a fondness for the
dog. He named him Stubby because of his short legs. When it became time
for the outfit to ship out, Conroy hid Stubby on board the troop ship. In
order to keep the dog, the private taught him to salute his commanding
officers warming their hearts to him.

Stubby served with the 102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division in the
trenches in France for 18 months and participated in four offensives and
18 battles. The loud noise of the bombs and gun fire did not bother him.
He was never content to stay in the trenches but went out and found
wounded soldiers.

Stubby entered combat on February 5, 1918 at Chemin Des Dames, north of
Soissons, and was under constant fire, day and night for over a month. In
April 1918, during a raid to take Schieprey, Stubby was wounded in the
foreleg by the retreating Germans throwing hand grenades. He was sent to
the rear for convalescence, and as he had done on the front was able to
improve morale. When he recovered from his wounds, Stubby returned to the

After being gassed and nearly dying himself, Stubby learned to warn his
unit of poison gas attacks, continued to locate wounded soldiers in no
man's land, and since he could hear the whine of incoming artillery shells
before humans could, became very adept at letting his unit know when to
duck for cover.

He was solely responsible for capturing a German spy in the Argonne. The
spy made the mistake of speaking German to him when they were alone.
Stubby knew he was no ally and attacked him biting and holding on to him
by the seat of his pants until his comrades could secure him.

Following the retaking of Chateau-Thierry by the US, the thankful women of
the town made Stubby a chamois coat on which were pinned his many medals.

There is also a legend that while in Paris with Corporal Conroy, Stubby
saved a young girl from being hit by a car. At the end of the war, Conroy
smuggled Stubby home.

After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity and marched in, and
normally led, many parades across the country. He met Presidents Woodrow
Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Starting in 1921, he
attended Georgetown University Law Center with Conroy, and became the
Georgetown Hoyas' team mascot. He would be given the football at halftime
and would nudge the ball around the field to the amusement of the fans.

Stubby was made a life member of the American Legion, the Red Cross, and
the YMCA. In 1921, the Humane Education Society awarded him a special gold
medal for service to his country. It was presented by General John

In 1926, Stubby died in Conroy's arms. His remains are featured in The
Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibit at the Smithsonian. Stubby was
honored with a brick in the Walk of Honor at the United States World War I
monument, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City at a ceremony held on Armistice
Day, November 11, 2006.

Warm All Your Friends With This Story

Of The World's Bravest Pitt Bull Dog! :)

Ryda Wong, EBfCo. 12 December 2012 09:02 PM


Pit Bull/Terrier mix
Pit Bulls ARE terriers

and the breed name is not spelled

Most of the text here is from Wiki, and generally seems to be true.

However, his breed has never been officially declared by the military.

Photos do suggest the dog is mainly AmStaff or StaffyBull, which, at the time, were the same breed.

He may have been mixed with Boston Terrier or English Bulldog, judging from leg length, front-heavy build, and his underbite.

J.G. Walker 12 December 2012 10:24 PM

I saw a piece on Stubby on "Mysteries at the Museum," I believe.

Veruca 13 December 2012 01:38 AM

Sgt Stubby has a Facebook fanpage: here.

Xia 16 December 2012 01:12 AM


Originally Posted by Ryda Wong, EBfCo. (Post 1693124)
Photos do suggest the dog is mainly AmStaff or StaffyBull, which, at the time, were the same breed.

An Amstaff and an APBT maybe were the same breed (you can still dual register them in some clubs I believe), but a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not.

Canuckistan 16 December 2012 09:04 PM

I misread this as Sgt. Stabby, and a completely different image came to mind. :eek:

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