Stubby: World War I Hero Dog

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Historians who study World War 1 have argued about Stubby’s importance on many occasions. An argument that comes up frequently is this; Is Stubby is only regarded as famous in the world of military animals because he was the first American military dog? Although his actions were great, they were not incredibly unique, as European war dogs had been involved in battle too, and had been doing just as well as Stubby for a longer amount of time (Tamara). However, whether or not Stubby’s actions warrant fame and recognition is irrelevant. It is irrefutable that Stubby’s military performance during World War 1 was extraordinary, but he is so well known because he is credited as the dog that broke the mold, so to speak, and began the integration…show more content…
Stubby’s rise to fame happened by accident. Yale University had opened up its’ campus so that the United States government could train soldiers and give them temporary housing (Zimmerman). An army in training needs food, and “there was a surplus of food on campus for the 26th Yankee division” (Thompson). Many stray dogs found “a perfect little home” by hanging around military training grounds and eating whatever they could find (Tamara). Stubby was likely one of these stray dogs, and, as if chance, he was noticed by a soldier named John Robert Conroy (George 7). Stubby began to visit Conroy’s tent frequently, and the two became inseparable. When Conroy trained with the 26th Yankee division, “Stubby would run alongside him and watch the soldiers go through their daily routines” (George 8). Stubby was obviously a very smart dog, as “he quickly learned the meanings of the 102nd infantry’s bugle calls” (George 8), and also made a habit of accompanying Conroy during all training. After a few short weeks, After just a few weeks of hanging around the drill field and watching the 26th infantry train, Stubby could execute marching maneuvers alongside the men, and had been trained by Conroy to stand on his hind legs and salute officers, which was later described by another man in Conroy’s platoon as “cripplingly adorable” (Tamara). Another man in Conroy’s division says “Stubby was just special. Sure, there were plenty of dogs roaming the training

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