COLUMBUS, Ga.- Wednesday evening , the National Infantry Museum and the Columbus-based Fun Academy Motion Pictures debuted a WW1 film titled “Sgt. Stubby: an American Hero”.
“Sgt. Stubby was a stray dog in the streets of New Haven, Connecticut: unwanted, unwashed, unloved…looking for a place to sleep and he wound up adopting a soldier who was training for World War One on the parade grounds at Yale.”- Jordan Beck, voice actor.
Actors tell News Three, in the early 1900s a military dog performing at such an advanced level like Stubby, was unheard of.
“He could smell incoming gas attacks. He’s run out into no-man’s land and found wounded Americans and French Allies and after he caught a German spy in the trenches, he’s recognized as being the first dog ever promoted to the rank of Sergeant and the most decorated dog in American history.”- says Beck.
But that’s not all…
“Stubby only received one bit of military training. When an officer walked by and asked what is this dog doing here? The dog sat down and raised his paw to his forehead to salute. They said ok fine he can stick around as a mascot. Well that mascot ends up on a ship to France where he took part in 17 battles, four major campaigns. He was in country for basically the entirety of the American experience in World War One.”- says Beck.
And speaking of a mascot, Stubbs the dog was on hand to greet those in attendance Wednesday.
He was adopted by the fun academy, in an effort to promote rescue adoptions.
Others in attendance told News Three, they hope many will take away something positive from the film.
“I hope they see the kinds of things that are possible to be done here in Columbus in the film industry.”- says Judy Thomas, Columbus City Council and National Infantry Museum Board Member.