S T U B B Y FIRST W A R D O G H E R O Meet America 's first war dog, a stray Pit Bull/Terrier mix, named Stubby. He became Sgt. Stubby, was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat.
This Brave, Stubby-Tailed Pit Bull Was America's First War Dog
Jack Brutus was the official mascot for Company K of the First Connecticut Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish-American War. Unlike Sergeant Stubby, Jack was never in the action nor had a rank. He died in 1898 of spinal troubles and other complications.
Stubby fought in 17 battles in WWI. He warned his unit of incoming gas attacks and artillery shelling; he located wounded soldiers, and helped capture a German spy. He was the most decorated dog of WWI.
Sgt Stubby Sergeant Stubby, was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America's first war dog, Stubby served 18 months 'over there' and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front.
Meet Sergeant Stubby, America’s Original Dog of War
As a mascot, Stubby turned heads. He showed off by learning the drills of the Infantry. He even learned how to salute. The only problem: Dogs weren& allowed in the military. The plot to Airbud? No, Stubby& real life.
Stubby saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy, holding him there until American soldiers found him. Back home his exploits were front page news of every major newspaper.