Why did Sergeant Stubby go to War? [Werling]
"If you judge a book by its cover, you might miss out on an amazing story."
Such is the case with Stubby, a homeless dog who could have been left for lost, but ended up saving countless lives in World War I and becoming the most decorated animal in American Military history. Stubby, a mix of Boston terrier and pit bull, was discovered, rescued, and taught by Private Robert Conroy and his colleagues, who were training for World War I at Yale University in 1917. Conroy smuggled Stubby aboard a transport ship to Europe with the U.S. 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division. His commanding officer discovered the dog several days later and was quite displeased--until Stubby saluted the officer with his paw as the soldiers had trained him to do.
In the trench warfare of Europe, Stubby would bark to alert the regiment of surprise mustard gas attacks and incoming artillery fire, giving the soldiers time to grab their gas masks or hit the bottom of the trenches before a raid. Trained to differentiate between German and English speakers, Stubby would also locate wounded English-speaking soldiers in the trenches and bark until paramedics arrived. He even once caught a German spy.
Stubby braved through 17 WWI battles, saving countless Allied soldiers' lives through his actions. For his courage, he received many military honors and marched in the Victory Parade.
Why Did Sergeant Stubby Go to War? is Stubby's story, the second in a series of children's books about the amazing Unsung Heroes featured at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas. Through Stubby's story and those of other Unsung Heroes, the Center helps students, educators and communities recognize the value of each individual to effect positive change in the world.
Cathy Werling, the author, is an award-winning retired elementary educator. Her passion for helping students develop positive character traits and seek out worthy role models led to her part time work at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes. Through her series of books about these humble heroes, Cathy inspires elementary children to be those people who make a positive difference in the lives of others.