Story of Stubby – The War Dog

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The story of Stubby, commonly referred to as Sgt. Stubby, is one of great service, trust and loyalty. It began in Connecticut, crossed the Atlantic into the battles of World War I, and returned home to a hero’s welcome. After a lifetime of honors at the side of his owner, James Robert Conroy, Stubby died in 1926, received a 15-paragraph obituary in the New York Times, and would eventually become part of the Smithsonian’s collection — his coat, laid over a cast, is on display at the National Museum of American History.

Since it is set that animated movie, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, hit the theaters in April 2018, I wanted to give you a little bit of information about this good boy.


Stubby started as almost any stray dog – alone.

One day he accidentally happened to show up at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. There, it just so happened that the men of the 102nd Regiment, 26th Infantry Division were training for their eventual deployment to fight in World War I. His cleverness ( and cute puppy face, I believe) won all hearts among soldiers.

The dog was taken in by a soldier named John Robert Conroy, who named the pup “Stubby”.

He was described in contemporaneous news items as a Bull Terrier or Boston Terrier. Describing him as a dog of “uncertain breed”, Ann Bausum wrote in her book, Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog, that “The brindle-patterned pup probably owed at least some of his parentage to the evolving family of Boston Terriers, a breed so new that even its name was in flux: Boston Round Heads, American Bull Terriers, and Boston Bull Terriers.”


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Military Service

Stubby served with the 102nd Infantry Regiment in the trenches in France for 18 months and participated in four offensives and 17 battles. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded. He even once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him.

This dog saved more lives, saw more combat, and performed more feats of heroic awesomeness than most people could ever hope to accomplish even WITH the advantage of prehensile thumbs.

Stubby received an obituary in the New York Times following his death in 1926. The obituary was half a page, which was much longer than the obituaries of many notable people of the time.

He met three sitting presidents, traveled the nation to veterans’ commemorations and for nearly a decade after the war until his death in 1926, Stubby was the most famous animal in the United States.

Stubby died in his sleep in 1926. But memory of this brave soul will last forever.

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As I said, movie Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is comming out in April 2018 by Fun Academy Motion Pictures. Logan Lerman (Robert Conroy), Helena Bonham Carter (as Roberts sister Margaret Conroy), and Gérard Depardieu ( Gaston Baptiste) borrowed voice for this animated movie.


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