Sergeant Stubby: The Canine Hero of World War I

BY: Sharon Fitness for GOOD.

Premiering on GOOD May 25th is a new animated film, that tells a remarkable and little known story. In the annals of history, tales of bravery and heroism often involve extraordinary individuals who defy the odds. One such remarkable story emerges from the trenches of World War I, introducing us to a courageous four-legged hero known as Sergeant Stubby. This small but mighty Boston Terrier mix not only became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry Regiment but also earned the rank of sergeant and went on to play a pivotal role in boosting the morale of American troops during one of the most challenging periods in history. SGT STUBBY: AN UNLIKELY HERO tells his story.

Stubby’s Early Days

Sergeant Stubby’s journey began on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, where he charmed his way into the hearts of soldiers training for deployment. Private Robert Conroy found the spirited pup and developed an immediate bond with him, leading to Stubby’s induction into military life.

Military Training and Service

Despite the military’s initial reluctance to allow animals, Stubby’s intelligence and demeanour won over the commanding officers. He underwent basic training alongside the soldiers, learning to respond to bugle calls, salute higher-ranking officers, and even locate wounded soldiers on the battlefield.

Frontline Heroics

Stubby’s true heroism emerged on the front lines of the Western Front in France. He became adept at warning soldiers of incoming gas attacks, locating wounded soldiers, and providing much-needed companionship in the midst of the horrors of war. Stubby’s keen sense of smell and unwavering courage made him an invaluable asset to the 102nd Infantry Regiment.

Decorated War Hero

Sergeant Stubby’s bravery and service did not go unnoticed. He participated in 17 battles and four offensives, earning numerous awards for his courage, including the Purple Heart. Stubby’s heroic deeds made him the most decorated war dog of World War I and a symbol of loyalty and devotion.

Post-War Legacy

After the war, Sergeant Stubby returned to the United States as a celebrated hero. He met Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding, and his story became widely known. Stubby continued to participate in public events, parades, and veteran reunions, becoming an enduring symbol of the bond between humans and their canine companions.

Honouring Stubby’s Legacy

Sergeant Stubby passed away in 1926, leaving behind a legacy that endures to this day. In his honour, the Smithsonian Institution displays a taxidermied version of Stubby, and a statue at the National Infantry Museum in Georgia commemorates his service. Various books, documentaries, and now an animated feature film titled SGT STUBBY: AN UNLIKELY HERO, premiering on GOOD May 25, have immortalised his remarkable story. Sergeant Stubby, the brave Boston Terrier mix turned war hero, embodies the indomitable spirit and loyalty of our four-legged friends. His remarkable journey from a stray dog to a decorated war hero not only uplifted the spirits of American soldiers during World War I but also continues to inspire generations to come. Sergeant Stubby’s legacy serves as a testament to the enduring bond between humans and animals, reminding us that even the smallest among us can make a monumental impact on the world.

SGT STUBBY: AN UNLIKELY HERO premieres on GOOD Friday night at 7:00pm. Watch after on the App. To watch the trailer: CLICK HERE

Images: Archive Images and provided promotional images.