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CT monument honoring famous WWI war dog SGT Stubby dedicated

unnamed 130 1At Saturday's dedication ceremony, L-R: U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Curt Deane (the grandson of Corporal Robert Conroy, who found the stray Stubby while training near the Yale University campus), Susan Bahary (sculptor), WW1CC Commissioner John Monahan.via the Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — A new monument in Connecticut honors service animals -- with a statue of one of the nation's most famous war dogs.

The sculpture, "Stubby Salutes," was unveiled Saturday in Veterans Memorial Park in Middletown.

SGT Stubby was a Boston-terrier mix that traveled to Europe with the U.S. Army's renown 26th "Yankee Division" during World War I.

Stubby became famous for warning soldiers of incoming gas attacks and locating wounded soldiers on the battlefield, staying with them until help arrived.

His story was the subject of a major animated movie last month, "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero."

The new bronze sculpture, created by artist Susan Bahary, is the culmination of a three-decade effort to create a memorial, spearheaded by the family of Robert Conroy, the army corporal who adopted Stubby during training.

"I wanted to capture his likeness of course," Bahary said as a guest on Fox News . "I also wanted to capture that beautiful spirit. That courage. His bravery. His ability to cheer up the troops both on the battlefield and at home."

The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission's Commissioner Jack Monahan was on hand for the dedication ceremony, as was Curt Deane, the grandson of Corporal Robert Conroy.


Read more about the sculpture, and watch video of the dedication ceremony on the Middletown Patch web site.

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