Carrier Pigeon Trivia


CARRIER PIGEON TRIVIA
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Carrier Pigeon Trivia

Not too many people realize just how important carrier pigeons were during World War I when radio communication was not reliable. Lines of communication could be cut off by enemy troops, which made communication practically impossible, along with the terrain that could interfere with radio waves. Carrier pigeons on the other hand could be trained to fly anywhere from a certain location. During World War I and World War II, carrier pigeons carried literally thousands of messages, which saved the lives of thousands of lives. Reconnaissance missions were even carried out by carrier pigeons with cameras attached to them.

Medals of Honor were not only given to the trainers of these infamous carrier pigeons but to the pigeons themselves. Some of the most famous carrier pigeons include Cher Ami who was presented with the French “Croix de Guerre” and GI Joe a veteran of World War II.

Cher Ami saved the entire 77th infantry battalion by carrying a note from the battalion to headquarters even though Cher Ami had lost a leg and a wing during the flight. He died in 1919 after saving 252 men. He was inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931, was awarded a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Racing Pigeon Fanciers. Cher Ami’s body is on display at the Smithsonian Institute.

GI Joe is another carrier pigeon that was given honor for saving thousands of soldiers by delivering one single message. 


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Carrier Pigeon Trivia

Carrier Pigeon Trivia

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