Sergeant Stubby was the official mascot of the 102nd regiment. Stubby was a dog that “served” for 18 months and was involved in or around 17 different battles in Europe. Some of the things that he did were detect mustard gas and comfort wounded soldiers. He was also able to detect incoming artillery fire because he could hear the whine of the incoming shells before the soldiers.
The 102nd regiment is one of the most famous of the United States from WWI. Many of the members were from Connecticut as the regiment was New England based. They were involved in the first action that the United States was a part of in WWI, which took place in Seicheprey.
Stubby was originally found on Yale’s campus in the summer of 1917, where the 102nd regiment happened to be training. The dog hung around the soldiers and one soldier (Robert Conroy) liked him so he snuck him on board the ship heading for Europe. Eventually, one of the higher-ups found Stubby. Rumor has it when this happened, Stubby saluted and the man took a liking to Stubby and let him stay.
Stubby was injured two times during the war but both times he recovered. Stubby had numerous war-time achievements that ultimately led to medals. Stubby was known for hating Germans and it is said that he had to be held back and restrained whenever German prisoners of war were nearby. There is a famous instance where Stubby helped capture a German spy. The spy was sitting out in no-man’s land and Stubby found him and began to furiously drag him back to the allied lines. A very impressive feat for a dog of his size! This led to Stubby’s “promotion” to Sergeant. Stubby was highly celebrated following the war and went on to receive a Gold Medal from the Humane Education Society.