Corp Smoky “Yorkie Doodle Dandy” Wynne

Corp Smoky “Yorkie Doodle Dandy” Wynne

Gulf, Papua New Guinea
Death 21 Feb 1957 (aged 13–14)
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Plot actually a park
Memorial ID 27096513 View Source

War dog, therapy dog, entertainer, family pet. Smoky was a four pound Yorkshire terrier discovered in a foxhole by American soldiers in New Guinea during WWII. At first the soldiers thought she belonged to Japanese who had recently left the area but discovered that the seven inch tall dog did not follow commands in Japanese. Eventually she became the property of Corporal William A. Wynne, a reconnaissance photographer and accompanied him on numerous combat flights. According to Wynne, "Smoky Served in the South Pacific with the 5th Air Force, 26th Photo Recon Squadron and flew 12 air/sea rescue and photo reconnaissance missions." On those flights, Smoky spent long hours dangling in a soldier's pack near machine guns used to ward off enemy fighters. Smoky was credited with twelve combat missions and awarded eight battle stars. Smoky also assisted combat engineers and saved days of labor by pulling a communications cable through an eight inch pipe under an airfield runway. The time saved helped avoid exposing American fighter planes to enemy bombing. When not flying combat missions, Smoky began to entertain injured troops. In July of 1944 she accompanied nurses to visit casualties at the 233rd Station hospital in New Guinea. An Animal Planet investigation credits her with being the first "Therapy Dog." Her visits were approved by Dr. Charles Mayo, then Commanding Officer of the hospital. By this time Smoky's fame was spreading, being named "Champion Mascot in the Southwest Pacific Area" by Yank Down Under magazine. After the war, Wynne brought Smoky back home to his family, hiding her in an oxygen mask case. Smoky appeared on many local TV shows, notably on WKYC, showing off her numerous tricks, and continued to entertain troops at VA hospitals. She died unexpectedly in 1957. Bill Wynne's book, Yorkie Doodle Dandy, chronicles Smoky's life. The monument, to her and all other war dogs, in Cleveland Metro Park's Rocky River Reservation, was dedicated on Veteran's day, 2005. According to "Cemeteries of Northeast Ohio," her remains are buried under the monument.

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Vigil, Vicki Blum. "Cemeteries of Northeast Ohio". Gray and Company, Cleveland, 2007.

Wynne, William A. "Yorkie Doodle Dandy." Wynnesome Press, Ltd., Mansfield Ohio, 1996.Unofficial War Dog of WW II.

She was found in an abandoned fox hole in New Guinea by American soldiers. The GI then sold Smoky to Corporal William A. Wynne of Cleveland, Ohio.

She traveled throughout the campaign with him. She visited military hospitals, went on patrol with her soldier. She ate the same food the soldiers ate, C rations and SPAM.

In the Philippines she was credited with saving many man hours and airfield down time by being able to crawl through a pipe allowing the signal corps soldiers to run a telegraph line without tearing up a taxiway for fighter planes.

After the war Smoky came home with Cpl Wynne smuggled in an altered flight oxygen mask. Once home in Cleveland she and her owner performed at veteran's hospitals and on TV.

On February 21, 1957, "Corporal" Smoky died unexpectedly at the approximate age of 14.

A special monument honoring Smoky, "World War II's littlest soldier and most famous war dog," stands at the Eastlake Doggie Park, in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. The granite monument features a small photograph of Smoky.

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  • Added: 26 May 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 27096513
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Smoky “Yorkie Doodle Dandy” Wynne (1943–21 Feb 1957), Find a Grave Memorial ID 27096513, citing Dogs of War Memorial, Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by KenOhio (contributor 46950227) .