Monument Honors 'Sgt. Stubby', Famous World War I Mascot

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Gen. John Pershing awards Sgt. Stubby with a gold medal in 1921. Stubby served in 17 battles and fought in four major Allied offensives during World War I. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History)
Gen. John Pershing awards Sgt. Stubby with a gold medal in 1921. Stubby served in 17 battles and fought in four major Allied offensives during World War I. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- A new monument in Connecticut honors service animals with a statue of one of America's most famous war dogs.

The sculpture, "Stubby Salutes," was unveiled Saturday in Veterans Memorial Park in Middletown.

"Sgt. Stubby" was a Boston-terrier mix that went to France in World War I with the 102nd Infantry Regiment of the 26th (Yankee) Division. He became famous for warning soldiers of incoming gas attacks and locating wounded troops on the battlefield, staying with them until help arrived.

His story was the subject of a major animated movie last month, "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero."

The bronze sculpture, created by artist Susan Bahary, is the culmination of a three-decade effort to create a memorial, spearheaded by the family of Robert Conroy, the army corporal who adopted Stubby during training.

"I wanted to capture his likeness, of course," Bahary said as a guest on Fox News. "I also wanted to capture that beautiful spirit. That courage. His bravery. His ability to cheer up the troops both on the battlefield and at home."

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