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Cher Ami

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 1919
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Memorial ID 8636364

Carrier Pigeon. He was one of 600 birds flown by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. He had delivered twelve secret messages in Verdun France. He was on his last mission when he was shot through the breast by enemy fire and still managed to reach home. He had one of his legs shattered by enemy fire and hanging from his ligaments was a message capsule. He had carried a message from Major Whittlesey's "Lost Battalion" of the 77th Infantry Division and just a few hours after 194 survivors of the battalion were safe. He was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for his heroism and died as a result from his battle wounds in 1919. He was then inducted into a hall of fame and received a gold medal for his service to America. He is on display at the National Museum of American History, Behring Center, in the Armed Forces History Hall. Source: The Armed Forces History Collections and the Smithsonian.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Gregory Speciale
  • Added: 14 Apr 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8636364
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cher Ami (unknown–1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8636364, citing Smithsonian Institution, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .