A dog who went on to become a World War I war-hero is getting his story told in the upcoming, “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero.”
What do we know about Stubby?
Of an unknown breed, Stubby was named by Private J. Robert Conroy after his short tail. Having trained as a puppy at Yale University in 1917, this brindle dog would soon grow up to be the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division.
According to The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, “He learned the bugle calls, the drills, and even a modified dog salute as he put his right paw on his right eyebrow when a salute was executed by his fellow soldiers. Stubby had a positive effect on morale, and was allowed to remain in the camp, even though animals were forbidden.”
Although Stubby became accustomed to both loud rifles and heavy artillery fire, war was not an easy life for him, as he was once injured through gas exposure, leaving him “sensitive to the tiniest trace of gas.” However, his injuries made Stubby a better soldier. He recognized gas before another, similar attack, and was able to warn his men with barking and biting, rousing them from sleep.
Stubby even managed to once catch a German soldier!
With the soldier mapping out the layout of the trenches, Stubby recognized him as an enemy spy and continued attacking the man until Stubby’s American comrades arrived to help.
Reportedly, this incident became his claim to fame, as, “For capturing an enemy spy, Stubby was put in for a promotion to the rank of Sergeant by the commander of the 102nd Infantry. He became the first dog to be given rank in the United States Armed Forces.” Even after being injured by another grenade attack, Stubby managed to help his fellow wounded soldiers, visiting them to boost morale once his health allowed.
As mentioned, Stubby’s efforts have not gone unrewarded. In addition to being the first dog to earn rank in the Armed Forces, Stubby “led the American troops in a pass and review parade and later visited with President Woodrow Wilson.
“He visited the White House twice and met Presidents Harding and Coolidge. Stubby was awarded many medals for his heroism, including a medal from the Humane Society, which was presented by General John Pershing, the Commanding General of the United States Armies. He was awarded a membership in the American Legion and the Y.M.C.A. When his master, J. Robert Conroy, began studying law at Georgetown University, Stubby became the mascot of the Georgetown Hoyas.”
Eventually, Stubby passed away in 1926.
What do we know about the upcoming film?
According to Cartoon Brew, the trailer has come from Fun Academy Motion Pictures, which is based in Columbus, Georgia. The film costs around $25 million, but will reportedly be funded through private investment and production tax credits.
The film will also boast something of an all-star cast, featuring the likes of Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Gérard Depardieu. The score will be composed by Patrick Doyle, who is known for his work in “Brave,” “Cinderella,” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
“The story of Sgt. Stubby is a universal human tale of an underdog who rises to extraordinary heights as a hero and friend,” said Richard Lanni, who serves as an executive producer and writer on the upcoming film.
“This unwanted stray finds his best friend and together they survive one of the greatest conflicts in a young nation’s history. It’s a fantastic story for the whole family to experience together.”
This teaser-trailer has also been released!
The film is expected for release in the United States on April 13, 2018, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the United States’ involvement in World War I.