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Did a decorated war hero once serve as our mascot?
After World War I, many veterans came to Georgetown, among them a dog named Stubby who was said to represent the breed of Boston bull terrier in a general way. Stubby had been adopted by the 102nd Infantry while it was training at Yale and, when his unit was deployed to France, he went along, smuggled on a troop ship. He arrived at Georgetown in 1922 with J. Robert Conroy, a Law student, and became the mascot for the football team. Between halves, Stubby would nudge a football around the field, much to the delight of the crowd. When he died in 1926, The Hoya ran an obituary which reads in part: "While [in France] he went through the four big drives with his regiment, and acquired a throbbing hatred for the enemy, and a penchant for collecting medals. It is related of him that, not content with merely helping the boys out in rounding up the enemy, he went out on his own one day, picked up the first German in sight, clamped eager teeth into the calf of the gentleman's leg, and held him there until his buddies relieved him of his prisoner. For his bravery and devotion to the Americans, he was awarded medals by both the French and American governments. He was wounded once by shrapnel, but otherwise came through unharmed." Stubby's final resting place is in the Smithsonian Institution. Several pictures of Stubby can be seen at the "History Wired" Smithsonian website.