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Most pets live out their lives in relative obscurity, making their family happy or performing some kind of work. But there are some animals that ended up in the army and did amazing things. These are the stories of animals in the army.
1. During World War I, one dog found his way into an infantry division and was allowed to hang around because he kept up morale so well. He caught on to drills and calls quickly, and one private smuggled him with when the division was deployed. His named was Stubby, and when he was allowed to join the front line he served in 17 battles, doing everything from alerting soldier of gas strikes to keeping a German soldiers from mapping out the trenches. He’s the only dog that every was promoted to Sergeant for combat.
2. Another World War I warrior was Cher Ami the carrier pigeon. This brave bird managed to deliver a message that ended up saving 194 soldiers despite being injured by gunshot at the time.
3. During the Korean War one mare from the Seoul Race Track was bought by a U.S. Lieutenant and entered the U.S. Marine Corps. She was trained to deliver ammo to troops and evacuate wounded soldiers. In one battle she took 51 trips on her own through enemy fire to deliver ammo. She was even named one of the top 100 American heroes by Life magazine.
4. One fighter didn’t limit himself to a single army: Lin Wang the elephant fought for both Japan and China during World War II. He pulled cannons through the jungle for the Japanese until he was captured by Chinese troops. They took over his services, but most amazing is that when the war ended he was released to a Tawainese zoo and found a mate, dying at 86 years old.
5. Sefton was not a horse who served in active combat, but he showed his courage nonetheless. He was a horse used in the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, but he didn’t simply show off for tourists. During one march his formation was hit by a nail bomb and he suffered 34 wounds. Somehow he survived and even returned to service.
6. Dogs and horses are fairly normal animals for the army, but Billy Windsor was unique as the only lance corporal in the British army who happened to be a goat. He led all of his unit’s parades and served for a full 8 years, at home and abroad.
7. Sentry dogs were common members of the military during the Vietnam War, but Nemo A534 was the best of the best in the world of sentry dogs. While patrolling he uncovered a surprise attack and during the fighting he lost an eye and took a bullet to the nose. Backup was on its way, but Nemo’s handler couldn’t move so Nemo stood over the man and attacked anyone who tried to get close. He was so worked up by the time backup got there that he had to be sedated.
8. Another unexpected recruit was from the Polish army, who found a bear cub while in the Middle East. They adopted him and named him Wojtek, then enlisted him in the army so they could bring him home. He didn’t just join in drinking with the company: he also carried munitions for them during battles, and most likely terrified the enemy quite effectively.