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Sgt. Stubby, The Canine World War I Hero From New Haven

One of the most famous combat veterans from World War I is a stray bull terrier mutt from New Havenwhose wartime exploits made him the first military dog to be promoted to sergeant.

When Stubby died in April 1926, the New York Times ran a half-page obituary that began, “Stubby is dead.” There was no need to explain who he was.

Stubby became a national figure after the war and attended American Legion conventions. He met three presidents — Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge, and was awarded more than a dozen medals, which were pinned to an embroidered blanket women in France had made for him.

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