All about Stubby

Born New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1916. Died Washington, D.C., 1926.

Stubby, a mixed-breed stray adopted in Connecticut as the mascot of the 26th “Yankee” Division, became a comrade-in-arms for the doughboys of World War I. He accompanied them to France in 1917 and served with them in their battles, hardships, sorrows, and joys.

He barked warnings of incoming shells and gas attacks. He was a morale booster, whether in the trenches or, after being wounded during battle, while recovering in a military field hospital. He rescued injured soldiers when he returned to the front and gained praise for capturing a German soldier.

He and his inseparable companion, J. Robert Conroy of New Britain, Connecticut, earned three service stripes after 18 months of active duty, including during the Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne campaigns. The women of Château-Thierry recognized Stubby’s assistance during the liberation of their city by making him an embroidered chamois vest.

After returning from the war, Stubby was honored as a life member of the YMCA, American Red Cross, and the American Legion, Eddy-Glover Post No. 6, of New Britain.

President Woodrow Wilson shook hands with him on Christmas Day, 1918, and he was officially received at the White House by President Warren G. Harding in 1921 and by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924.

On July 6, 1921, General John J. Pershing decorated Stubby with a gold medal on behalf of the Humane Education Society in Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian placed his preserved remains on permanent display in 2004 at the National Museum of American History.

(The text above is taken from a plaque affixed to a base on which a life-sized bronze statue of Stubby sits, at the entrance to the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park in Middletown, Connecticut.)