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War hero. Friend to presidents, generals and grunts alike. Pioneer in his field, respected by military and academic institutions, visited by millions of people a year, subject of a variety of internet-fueled legends and soon to be the subject of a major motion picture. Not bad for a dog. Especially one that's been dead for more than 90 years.

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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 , received a 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. However, the details that make up the stuff of legend — the animated "Sgt.

Stubby: An American Hero," is set to hit theaters in April — are a bit hazy. Chief among them: The dog's rank. Part of the confusion may come from Stubby's vest, which includes a patch with three chevrons.

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While they may represent a sergeant's rank today, they were used in World War I to identify soldiers — and, apparently, dogs — with overseas service. Sign up for the Early Bird Brief - a daily roundup of military and defense news stories from around the globe. By giving us your email, you are opting in to the Early Bird Brief.

Stubby was no ordinary stray dog, but that's how he started out: One day he happened to show up at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where soldiers were training prior to deploying for France during World War I. He came in with his stubby little tail and won the hearts of the men training there — he was taken along for the deployment, though the exact details on how Stubby made it to France aren't certain.

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It's said that then-Pvt. Conroy stowed him away on the soldiers' ship, and when found, Stubby saluted the commander. That gesture earned him passage for the rest of the journey.


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In France, Stubby was said to have saved the entire division by finding and detaining a German spy. His New York Times obituary breathlessly relays the tale, saying the dog "stole out of the trenches and recognized — a German. It's also said Stubby learned when bombs where inbound and would warn the soldiers prior to the explosion.

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So, if even some of the legend is true, was Stubby a so-called "war dog," or a precursor to the modern military working dog, or a mascot? He used to run through the trenches and warn them about gas attacks. He used to go outside of the trenches and into this sort of no-man's land, between the U. All those heroics didn't necessarily make Stubby a model soldier.

One of the most frequent questions asked by Conroy and his fellow soldiers with nd Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, was, "Where's Stubby?


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