Sergeant Stubby

Conflict: World War I

In the spring of 1917, a small brindled puppy of indeterminate breeding wandered into a training session of the 102nd Infantry at Yale University. The dog—soon named Stubby for his short tail—made friends with the soldiers and became their unofficial … Continue reading

The Greatest Single Hero

Conflict: World War I

Deemed by General Pershing as the “greatest single hero in the American forces” of World War I, Samuel Woodfill—a shy, modest man—would probably never have achieved national fame if granted his own wishes. As one reporter recounted, “It was evident … Continue reading

The Tin Noses Shop

Conflict: World War I

With World War I—and its estimated 20,000 facial injuries—came the birth of plastic surgery, pioneered by Harold Gillies in 1917. But since plastic surgery was still in its infancy, most soldiers who sustained facial injuries were simply left without the … Continue reading