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Hero Pigeon Cher AMI

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April 07, 2011 – Comments (3)

http://www.homeofheroes.com/wings/part1/3b_cherami.html

 

On his last mission, Cher Ami was badly wounded.  When he finally reached his coop, he could fly no longer, and the soldier that answered the sound of the bell found the little bird laying on his back, covered in blood.  He had been blinded in one eye, and a bullet had hit his breastbone, making a hole the size of a quarter.  From that awful hole, hanging by just a few tendons, was the almost severed leg of the brave little bird.  Attached to that leg was a silver canister, with the all-important message.  Once again, Cher Ami wouldn't quit until he had finished his job.

Cher Ami became the hero of the 77th Infantry Division, and the medics worked long and hard to patch him up.  When the French soldiers that the Americans were fighting to help learned they story of Cher Ami's bravery and determination, they gave him one of their own country's great honors.  Cher Ami, the brave carrier pigeon was presented a medal called the French Croix de guerre with a palm leaf.

 

Though the dedicated medics saved Cher Ami's life, they couldn't save his leg.  The men of the Division were careful to take care of the little bird that had saved 200 of their friends, and even carved a small wooden leg for him.  When Cher Ami was well enough to travel, the little one-legged hero was put on a boat to the United States.  The commander of all of the United States Army, the great General John J. Pershing, personally saw Cher Ami off as he departed France.

Back in the United States the story of Cher Ami was told again and again.  The little bird was in the newspapers, magazines, and it seemed that everyone knew his name.  He became one of the most famous heroes of World War I

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#1) On April 07, 2011 at 1:37 AM, L0RDZ (81.88) wrote:

Cher Ami, how do you do!
Listen, let me talk to you;
I'll not hurt you, don't you see?
Come a little close to me.

Little scrawny blue and white
Messenger for men who fight,
Tell me of the deep, red scar,
There, just where no feathers are.

What about your poor left leg?
Tell me, Cher Ami, I beg.
Boys and girls are at a loss,
How you won that Silver Cross.

"The finest fun that came to me
Was when I went with Whittlesey;
We marched so fast, so far ahead!
'We all are lost,' the keeper said;

'Mon Cher Ami--that's my dear friend--
You are the one we'll have to send;
The whole battalion now is lost,
And you must win at any cost.'

So with the message tied on tight;
I flew up straight with all my might,
Before I got up high enough,
Those watchfull guns began to puff.

Machine-gun bullets came like rain,
You'd think I was an aeroplane;
And when I started to the rear,
My! the shot was coming near!

But on I flew, straight as a bee;
The wind could not catch up with me,
Until I dropped out of the air,
Into our own men's camp, so there!"

But, Cher Ami, upon my word,
You modest, modest little bird;
Now don't you know that you forgot?
Tell how your breast and leg were shot.

"Oh, yes, the day we crossed the Meuse,
I flew to Rampont with the news;
Again the bullets came like hail,
I thought for sure that I should fail.

The bullets buzzed by like a bee,
So close, it almost frightened me;
One struck the feathers of this sail,
Another went right through my tail.

But when I got back to the rear,
I found they hit me, here and here;
But that is nothing, never mind;
Old Poilu, there is nearly blind.

I only care for what they said,
For when they saw the way I bled,
And found in front a swollen lump,
The message hanging from this stump;

The French and Mine said, 'Tres bien,'
Or 'Very good'--American.
'Mon Cher Ami, you brought good news;
Our Army's gone across the Meuse!

You surely had a lucky call!
And so I'm glad.  I guess that's all.
I'll sit, so pardon me, I beg;
It's hard a-standing on one leg!"

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#2) On April 07, 2011 at 9:17 AM, GNUBEE (24.82) wrote:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Abe

 

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#3) On April 09, 2011 at 8:02 PM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

WOW

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