Sergeant Stubby

Sergeant Stubby

Sergeant Stubby is the United States Most Decorated War Dog of World War 1 Serving 18 Months in Europe with Recognition from the US Army. Warhorse prepare to eat your heart out.

Stubby was a stray Boston Bull Terrier, who happened to wander his way onto the training area for Soldiers at Yale Field in New Haven Connecticut. The dog hung around as the men drilled and one soldier, Corporal Robert Conroy, grew attached to the mutt and named him Stubby on the count of his stub for a tail. The soldiers eventually kept feeding him and the dog turned up during the drills and learned to execute marching maneuvers with them. The soldiers of the 102nd Infantry even taught him how to bugle and salute.

Eventually it came time for the men to be shipped out to the front lines and while animals were forbidden to go to the front, Conroy smuggled Stubby onto the ship. Eventually the dog was discovered by Conroy’s CO and instead of having to remove the dog from the ship Conroy gave the order for Stubby to “Present Arms” to the CO, Stubby raised his forepaw to his brow and what could probably be the cutest thing a soldier dog could do. The CO being honored by the dog and seeing how much a morale boost this mutt was giving to the troops allowed him to stay. The soldiers had a machinist make dog tags for him and allowed to follow the troops to the front lines.

Stubby then became the official Mascot of the American Expeditionary Force he  participated in 17 battles and four major offensives – including the St. Mihel, Meuse-Argonne, Aisne-Marne, and Champagne Marne campaigns. In February 1918, while fighting north of Soissons, Stubby found himself under artillery and sniper fire for over a month straight with no break, responding by howling and barking in “a battle rage” every time gunshots started ringing out. He was wounded in action later that month in a chemical weapons attack, when the Germans launched some mustard gas that poisoned the little dog so hard it nearly died. This no less taught the dog that mustard gas was bad and dangerous which would lead the dog to saving some serious amounts of lives.

Sargeant Stubby With Medals

“The noise and strain that shattered the nerves of many of his comrades did not impair Stubby’s spirits. Not because he was unconscious of danger. His angry howl while a battle raged and his mad canter from one part of the lines to another indicated realization.”
– New York Times Obituary

Sergeant Stubby could now smell out Mustard Gas and warn soldiers of incoming gas before it became lethal and whenever a soldier saw this dog barking and howling and nudging them it meant shit is about to go down, take cover and get your gas masks on. Now this dog had super sonic hearing too and could warn the troops when artillery was being fired at them from the krauts and saved many soldiers from an artillery attack. He also had a spidey-sense for Kraut ground invasions and would warn American Sentries to open up their Machine Guns on No-mans land when this occurred.

Now this dog did have some awesome abilities to warn the 102nd about impending attacks but he also wandered out into No-Mans Land and found wounded would assist them with finding their way back to American Trenches if they could move. If the Soldier was too injured to get back on his own Sergeant Stubby would stay with him and bark and howl until a medic came.

Stubby the War Dog was wounded in combat in April 1918, when he was hit with a German hand grenade while participating in an assault on the German town of Schieprey, Despite getting wounds to his forelegs and chest and going through an emergency surgery Sergeant Stubby would keep mens morale up at a field hospital and then went back into the front lines for more action and Kraut Kicking. He helped participate in the liberation of Chateau Thierry, a deed that got the French living in the city so excited that they made him a his own coat and decorated it with flags of the Allied countries to thank him. The men of the 102nd, for their part, made Stubby a jacket designed to look like an American military uniform, and then they decorated it with Stubby’s name, rank, and medals – medals that included the Wounded Stripe, the Republic of France Grande War Medal, the Medal of Verdun, and medals for every campaign in which he’d served.

Sergent Stubby wasn’t done yet though while patrolling the American Trenches in the Argonne Forest during the Meuse-Argonne campaign of September 1918. He found a German Spy mapping out the American Trenches and went into a psychotic bark howl. When the German spy couldn’t get Sergeant Stubby to shut up he made a run for it. Sergeant Stubby made after the spy and took him down and got a lockjaw on the Kraut’s Ass keeping him pinned there until US Army could arrest the spy.

This is where Sergeant Stubby was officially field promoted to the rank of Sergeant and oddly enough now outranked his owner who was only a Corporal. Instead of the soldiers keeping the Spies Iron Cross they pinned it up on Sergeant Stubby.

Decorated War Dog

Sergeant Stubby being decorated by General “Black Jack” Pershing and First Lady Florence Harding.

After the War Sergeant Stubby returned to the US with his owner Corporal Robert Conroy, he was inducted into the American Legion, Met three Presidents, Visited the White House twice and General “Black Jack” Pershing pinned the dog with a one-of-a-kind “Dog Hero Gold Medal” on Sergeant Stubby’s military Jacket.  Corporal Robert Conroy soon attended Georgetown University for law and the Sergeant Stubby immediately became the official Mascot of the schools Football team, and in a Forest Gump like twist he may have invented the halftime show as he would nudge the football around to the crowd’s pleasure during halftime which was never done before.

Awards and Medals

3 Service Stripes
Yankee Division YD Patch
French Medal Battle of Verdun
1st Annual American Legion Convention Medal
New Haven World War I Veterans Medal
Republic of France Grande War Medal
St Mihiel Campaign Medal
Wound stripe, replaced with Purple Heart when introduced in 1932
Chateau Thierry Campaign Medal
6th Annual American Legion Convention
Humane Education Society Gold Medal

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