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Stubby: The Hero Dog of World War One

In World War I, he served alongside American forces in 17 battles. He had a unique talent for locating wounded soldiers, and he often alerted his unit to incoming gas attacks. This unlikely hero was Sergeant Stubby a stray stump-tailed terrier mutt who became a national hero.

On this edition of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske talks with Ann Bausum, author of Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation, about the life and legacy of this remarkable dog and World War I hero.


  • Ann Bausum​ writes about US History for readers of all ages, and has written nine National Geographic books for young readers.

Hear More: Ann Bausum tells the story of Stubby the War Dog at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on Friday, October 3, beginning at 6:30.

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.