Sgt Stubby: Heroic Dog.

Sgt Stubby: Heroic Dog

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Middletown, Connecticut

Pvt J. Robert Conroy befriended a stray pup as his infantry regiment trained on the Yale University campus in the summer of 1917. Naming the mutt Stubby, Conroy somehow smuggled him to France where he became the regiment's mascot. Stubby participated in 17 battles, was wounded twice, saved countless lives by smelling mustard gas before it arrived, and once captured a German spy by biting him on the butt (Stubby had an uncanny ability to identify Germans). He was renamed "Sergeant Stubby," returned home as a war hero, and met President Woodrow Wilson, who shook his paw.

On Memorial Day 2018 a life-size bronze statue of Sgt Stubby was unveiled in his home state of Connecticut. The sculpture by Susan Bahary depicts Stubby giving a salute, a trick that endeared him to Conroy's commanding officer. He wears a vest that was made by the grateful women of France, to which were pinned Stubby's many medals. He was the most decorated dog of World War I.

Sgt Stubby: Heroic Dog

CT Trees of Honor Memorial

Walnut Grove Rd, Middletown, CT
CT Trees of Honor Memorial. West of the city. From CT-66 turn north at the stoplight onto Old Mill Rd. Drive a half-mile. Turn right at the stop sign onto Walnut Grove Rd. Drive a half-mile. You'll see the arch entrance to the CT Trees of Honor Memorial. The Sgt Stubby statue is just a little way along the walkway, on the right.
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