This homing pigeon proved the meaning of her name “dear friend” by saving hundreds of American troops during World War 1. She delivered 12 messages while serving the U.S Army Signal Corps in France with the most crucial one being the message she delivered in 1918. She saved more than 500 men who were trapped without food or ammunition, behind enemy lines. The first two pigeons were shot down but Cher Ami smartly navigated her way to deliver the message which read “We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven’s sake, stop it.” She even received the Croix de Guerre medal for her bravery. When she died in 1919, her body was preserved and she can be seen on display at the Smithsonian Institute.
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