by Jodi Dill
Blog #1, April 14,2020
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Cher Ami’s grand moment of heroism occurred during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France. American artillery was unknowingly engaged in friendly fire. Communication had to get through fast before casualties grew. As their last hope, Cher Ami was released. He flew through a hail of gun fire sustaining shots through the leg and breast. Despite these wounds, Cher Ami survived and was able to deliver the message! The friendly fire ceased! Cher Ami saved thousands of lives and was eventually given military honors. Upon his death, he was stuffed and mounted, minus one leg. Cher Ami is currently on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
To learn more about the remarkable service of carrier pigeons in World War I, to see pictures of Cher Ami, and other photos of the war, visit the U.S. National Archives Blog Spot.
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