As many of you know, Wednesday was Veterans Day. Naturally, I spent much of my day reading and listening to the stories of dozens of inspiring men and women who work tirelessly, serve their nation, and basically make everything good about my life possible.
But late in the afternoon I stumbled across a story that was about a veteran, but a different kind of veteran than I’d encountered before. This veteran was a dog from Connecticut.
His name was Sergeant Stubby, he was a pit bull terrier, and I read his story on the seemingly not credible BadassOfTheWeek.com, but they have sources like The New York Times, The Smithsonian, and Wikipedia so this is (probably) legit.
According to the article, Stubby accidentally joined the service just before World War I after spending time with the 102nd Regiment, 26th Infantry Division at Yale University in New Haven and picking up some cool dog tricks like marching in formation and saluting with his paw.
Impressed by his smarts and talent, the men smuggled him onto their transport when the call came in to head to Europe. It was their that Sergeant Stubby made his name, serving in 17 battles and four major offensives, saving thousands of lives, warning soldiers of incoming attacks, tending to the wounded, and just generally being awesome.
He survived mustard gas attacks, shrapnel wounds from grenades, and even a one-on-one encounter with a German spy.
The dog didn’t kick the bucket until 1926, well after he’d made it back to the states, met three presidents, and allegedly invented the concept of the “halftime show” at football games.
Honestly, this dog is the man. He is my favorite thing about Connecticut and that’s saying something considering how much I love pizza. I highly recommend you read the full account of Sergeant Stubby’s greatnesss at Badassoftheweek.com.