Smoky, the World War II Yorkie war hero. Source
Author Sep 4, 2016 Goran Blazeski
Born sometime in 1943, Smoky, a Yorkshire Terrier, was a famous female war dog who served in World War II. She weighed only 4 pounds (1.8 kg) and stood 7 inches (18 cm) tall. Smoky is credited with beginning a renewal of interest in the once obscure Yorkshire Terrier breed.
At the beginning of 1944, Smoky was found by an American soldier in the New Guinea jungle where she had been abandoned in a foxhole. The soldiers at first thought that the dog belonged to the Japanese, but she didn’t respond to the commands given in Japanese or English. After she was taken to the camp, the soldier that found her sold her to Corporal William A. Wynne of Cleveland, Ohio, for two Australian pounds, so he could rejoin a game of poker.
Smoky in a helmet. Source
For the next two years, Smoky accompanied Wynne on combat fights in the Pacific where temperature and living conditions were deplorable. The equatorial heat and the poor conditions in the tents didn’t seem to be a problem for Smoky. Smoky slept in Wynne’s tent on a blanket made from a green felt card table cover; she shared Wynne’s C-rations and an occasional can of Spam. Smoky faced extreme conditions during these two years but remained strong and dedicated.
Smoky had access to neither veterinary medicine nor a balanced diet formulated especially for dogs. In spite of this, Smoky was never ill. She even ran on coral for four months without developing any of the paw ailments that plagued some war dogs.
Smoky become part of the 5th Air Force and was credited with twelve combat missions and awarded eight battle stars.
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