A Huge Meow To Honor Military Cats That Faithfully Served Beside Courageous Women & Men May 25 2020, 0 Comments
In the U.S., we honor fallen military personnel on the last Monday in May known as Memorial Day. In remembrance of those who gave their lives, here are some honorable cats from history that stood side-by-side soldiers during difficult times of war. We salute your humans and you!
Her name is short for Princess Papule. She was born in the Navy yard at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii appropriately on the 4th of July 1944. She joined the sailors aboard the attack transport ship the USS Fremont, and became a sailor cat in her own right. Pooli saw many WWII battles in the Pacific including the Marianas, the Palau group, the Philippines, and Iwo Jima.
During battles, Princess Papule would race to the mailroom to nest in a mail sack until the battle was over. During the war, Pooli earned four battle stars and three service ribbons and then retired to live a long and happy life.
Hammer was born in 2004 on a U.S. military base in Iraq. While his littermates had all run away, he decided to join the soldiers stationed there and work as a mouser. Joining the Army unit, Hammer would chase away mice that would have contaminated or eaten the soldiers’ food. Because the situation in Iraq was extremely stressful, Hammer provided another very important role serving his soldiers as a source of comfort when needed.
Hammer became Private First Class Hammer after the soldiers made him an honorary member of their unit. When it was time for the unit to go back to the United States, they couldn’t leave Hammer behind. They raised enough money through rescue group Alley Cat Allies to bring Pfc. Hammer home. He received a hero’s welcome from unit members and spent the rest of his life living with Staff Sgt. Rick Bousfield and his family. Hammer passed away in 2015.
Salty and Kitten
Salty, who was stationed in California during WWII at the San Diego Coast Guard Air Station, was a US Coast Guard mascot. When a pilot went down at sea, she stowed away with her kitten on the amphibian reconnaissance plane and successfully joined the rescue effort mission.
In 1948, Simon was picked up by a British seaman from a dock in Hong Kong and brought aboard he HMS Amethyst to be the ship’s mouser or ratter. He performed well-taking care of any rodents that might eat the ship’s food supply or chew through ropes and wood. He received 2 service awards, the Amethyst campaign ribbon, and is the only cat to have received the Dickin Medal. He died in 1949 from injuries sustained in during a battle and was buried with full naval honors.
We thank you for your service with the deepest of gratitude.
HAVE A WONDERFUL MEMORIAL DAY AND STAY SAFE!