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Sat, April 27, 2019

Sgt. Stubby: The heroic true story of the bond between a WWI soldier and America's most decorated dog

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce the screening of Sgt. Stubby, the animated true story of America's most decorated dog. There will be activities for children of all ages that will accompany the film making this a great experience for the whole family. The free event begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 27, 2019 and is open to the public.

Before being dubbed Stubby, he had been living life as an unnamed stray in New Haven, Connecticut. A small brindle mutt with a stub of a tail, he roamed around the grounds of Yale University looking for food. It just happened that the 102nd Infantry Regiment-part of the 26th "Yankee" Division- had been running drills on the same field. Private First Class Robert Conroy noticed that the mutt had been wandering around the grounds, seemingly watching the soldiers perform their drills, and eventually took a liking to the dog. Conroy gave him the name Stubby in honor of his short stature and nub of a tail. When the Yankee Division shipped out to France, Stubby found his way aboard the ship and the rest is history!

During his time with the 102nd Infantry Regiment, Stubby saw action in 17 different battles, even receiving severe wounds during a chemical attack. After recovering from the attack, Stubby had seemingly developed a new ability to detect and alert his fellow soldiers of incoming assaults. This made Stubby a priceless resource during combat. Stubby was also able to direct medics to fallen American soldiers during battle by distinguishing the German language from English. Stubby was promoted to Sgt., however, after catching a German spy hiding in the Yankee Division’s trenches.

Come celebrate the life and story of Sgt. Stubby, America's most decorated dog. As always, the USAHEC's exhibits, will be open. Stop by the museum store to pick up your movie candy and snacks! Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call: 717-245-3972 or visit the website: www.USAHEC.org.