It’s 1917 in New Haven, Connecticut. Members of the 102nd Infantry are preparing for deployment to France in the “War to End All Wars.” They are camped out on the grounds of Yale University, drilling and training for their entry into the trenches. One day, a little dog comes wandering around the camp and, perhaps looking for an easy meal from the soldiers, decides to stick around.

He hangs around for training, learning the bugle calls, the drills and even developed a modified salute where he put his right paw on his right eyebrow. Animals were forbidden in the camp but Stubby’s boost for morale earned him the right to stick around. Ultimately, that little dog would sneak along with his adopted owner, Corporal Robert Conroy, and would ship out to France himself. 

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