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
A Carrier Pigeon
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