Book Review of
Meet Sergeant Stubby: World War I dog veteran, decorated war hero, American icon, and above all, man’s best friend. Stubby’s story begins in 1917 when America is about to enter the war. A stowaway dog befriends Private James Robert “Bob” Conroy at the Connecticut National Guard camp at Yale University and the two become inseparable. Stubby also wins over the commanding officer and is soon made an official member of the 102nd Infantry of the 26th division. What follows is an epic tale of how man’s best friend becomes an invaluable soldier on the front lines and in the trenches, a decorated war hero and an inspiration to a country long after the troops returned home.
If you have been reading my book reviews, you know I love animal stories from All Creatures Great and Small, The Dog who could Fly, Rin Tin Tin, and so on. I added Stubby to my have read pile this summer. It was fun. I knew some of Stubby because he is one of the most famous war dogs, but it was good to read his full story.
It was shorter than I thought it would be. There are also some history facts missing either from time or because the author decided to not added. The facts would have been nice to have, but overall, I loved learning about Stubby, and a few other war and World War I animals that are mentioned in the book.