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Monday, February 6, 2017

Yorkie Hero Of World War II

Boing Boing posted this video about Smoky, a Yorkshire Terrier who served with U.S. Army Corporal William A. Wynne, in World War II, and who went on to television fame.  Wynne got Smoky in 1944, and she went with him through the Pacific Theater for the next two years.  The video mentions her leading him away from a site where an enemy shell landed shortly thereafter, and her work as a therapy dog in Army hospitals, but it leaves out one of her most impressive achievements.  Her diminutive stature allowed her to run a telegraph wire through a 70 foot long pipe with a diameter of only 8 inches, in only a few minutes.  Without Smoky, it would have been necessary for servicemen to dig up the pipe and run the wire, which would have taken three days, all while disrupting operations at the airfield. 

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