Smoky the 4 Pound Military Dog

In an adorably unexpected moment of WWII, a tiny Yorkshire Terrier was found in a foxhole in New Guinea by an American soldier. Already fully grown to her total of 4 lbs this tiny little pup found herself in the company of Corporal William A. Wynne, with whom she stayed through the end of the war and for years afterward.

SmokySmoky Sun, Jul 14, 1996 – 24 · News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) · Newspapers.com

The dog was named Smoky, and over the last two years of the war she accompanied Wynne on 12 combat missions and dozens of air raids, and entertained troops and the hospitalized wounded with tricks she learned during downtime. Those tricks served her well after the war too, used to entertain the world on tours and TV shows. Millions of people knew and loved Smoky the War Dog.

Mon, Apr 29, 1996 – Page 130 · St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) · Newspapers.com

About 50 years after Smoky’s death, a monument was made with a life-size sculpture of the photo that made her famous—Smoky sitting in an upturned steel helmet. It was placed over the spot where Smoky was buried, and stands in honor of Smoky and all dogs who have served in wars across the decades.

Smoky MemorialSmoky Memorial Fri, Nov 11, 2005 – 1 · News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) · Newspapers.com

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2 thoughts on “Smoky the 4 Pound Military Dog

  1. Very nice article. I have had several dogs throughout the years. Most plus a few cats, were strays in need of a home so I like articles about dogs. I’m glad the military eased up on some of the regulations during the wars. It gives a humane touch to it.

  2. This is a wonderful story. How miraculous that this little dog found it’s way to one and then another in the jungles of New Guinea. He found a special man and that man found a very special little dog. I am happy that Smoky was honored and so then too was James Strand. God blessed both of them.

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