Smoky, a 4 pound, 7 inch Yorkshire terrier, was found in an abandon foxhole in the jungle of New Guinea during WWII. She was sold by one corporal to another for about $6.50. She spent the next two years with Corporal William Waynne, the corporal who had bought her. She served in the South Pacific with Wynne and the 5th Air Force, 26th Photo Recon Squadron.
One of the first animals or even people I met when I moved my horse to a new barn was a big, old ugly turkey. Her name was Lucy. She was the fattest turkey I had ever seen. She walked with a limp, kicking one foot way out in front of her while she walked. She never put her toes down on that foot, like a person who has stepped down on a thorn but has not stopped to pull it out. She was missing a lot of feathers too. It looked like something had been chewing on her. She certainly was not a pretty sight to behold. But she was friendly.
Sergeant Stubby: 1916-1926
Sergeant Stubby was a bull terrier type dog that was found as a stray on the Yale University campus by the 102nd Infantry, 26th Regiment. He was smuggled aboard ship when the regiment was shipped to France. When the commanding officer discovered him, Stubby saluted, as he had been trained to do by the soldiers. He was allowed to stay.
The next 4 Monday's Beasts will be dedicated to animal war veterans. May their service not be forgotten. They join us in battle but fight for no country in particular. They are innocent of war but they are always there as allies.