Once you consider navy working canines, what breed involves thoughts…a courageous German shepherd, Belgium Malinois, or perhaps a Labrador retriever?  How a couple of Yorkshire terrier?  Most likely not, however one well-known Yorkie served her nation in World Warfare II, and is credited with saving the lives of 250 US Troopers.

The four pound, 7 inch tall tiny however mighty feminine canine named Smoky the Yorkie started her years of service after some US Troopers, who had been fixing their jeep on the facet of a highway in a New Guinea jungle, heard the cry of the tiny canine coming from a close-by deserted foxhole and rescued her.

The troopers who discovered her offered her to Corporal William A. Wynne from Cleveland, Ohio, for 2 Australian kilos as a result of they wanted fast money for a poker recreation later that evening.  Corporal Wynne named her Smoky as a result of she had grayish coloured fur.


The Corporal and Smoky grew to become a lot connected. She shared his tent and his C-rations.  He started to coach her and shortly she was dancing the jitterbug and singing, amongst different methods.  However she additionally realized learn how to serve and started happening missions with the troopers, stowed of their backpacks or make-shift pouches.


Throughout her profession, Smokey earned eight battle stars, participated in 12 fight missions, lived by way of a hurricane in Okinawa, survived 150 air raids in New Guinea, and parachuted 30 ft from a tree.

Nevertheless, her largest accomplishment was serving to engineers construct an airbase on the Lingayen Gulf on Luzon.  Her tiny measurement made her indispensible within the constructing as a result of she might navigate a 70 foot lengthy culvert below the airfield.  In minutes, she might full a job that might take a workforce of males days to perform.

The tiny canine additionally saved the lifetime of William when his fifth Air Drive 26th Picture Reconnaissance Squadron was attacked throughout an air raid whereas headed to the Philippines by serving to him navigate off of an exploding ship’s deck thus avoiding the bullets that injured many males.


When William and Smoky returned residence from the conflict, the Cleveland Press did a function on them, they traveled to Hollywood, and carried out in 45 stay reveals with out repeating any methods.

Smoky additionally continued to entertain troops in her free time. She was a real “Yorkie Doodle Dandy” though she was by no means thought of an actual conflict canine. She handed away unexpectedly on February 21, 1957 on the age of 14.  She is buried by Wayne and his household.  Her grave is marked with a bronze statue of her and a GI helmet.

Please share the story of this tiny canine with an enormous coronary heart of braveness with all your loved ones and buddies.