When we look at our cats, it’s hard to imagine they would lift a paw if they didn’t have to. Some cats were feline helpful when they served soldiers in the armed forces. Don’t believe us? Read these fascinating kitty stories right meow.
Mourka held court in Stalingrad from 1942 to 1943. He managed to hold onto his nine lives while carrying top secret information about the Germans back to Russian headquarters. He managed to pass along vital information to his comrades regarding German positions during the German Siege. Chances are, he was rewarded for his time and loyalty by the HQ kitchen.
Able Seacat Simon
In 1948, Able Seacat Simon began his tour of duty aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Amethyst. He was adopted as the ship’s local ratter and received two awards for his dedication to eradication. One of his awards was the Amethyst Campaign Ribbon, a recognition for his valiant services during an incident involving Chinese forces.
His other award was the Dickin Medal for animal gallantry. No other cat has received the Dickin Medal. When Simon died, he was buried with full Royal Navy honors.
Salty and Kitten
Salty was an unintentional hero when she stowed away on an amphibian plane with her kitten. She launched herself to mascot status when she accidentally flew on the plane to rescue a downed pilot at sea. Salty served her tour of duty at California’s San Diego Coast Guard Air Station.
There is no doubt each of these cats, and many more who remain unrecognized brightened the lives of soldiers who were far from home and far from family and their own pets as they served their countries.
We salute you, cat heroes.
Pfc Hammer was a saving grace to US Army troops in Iraq. In 2004, Pfc Hammer adopted the troops and began systematically mousing and ratting for them. The cat’s tireless dedication to killing pesky rodents meant that their supplies were safe from infestation and contamination.
The troops made Pfc an honorary unit member and enlisted the help of two rescue groups, Military Mascots, and Alley Cat Allies, to make sure he returned to the states with his group. Pfc Hammer currently lives with his army friend, Staff Sgt. Rick Bousfield, in Colorado.
Peebles was another mascot and crew favorite during WWII. An honorary member of the HMS Western Isles crew, Peebles was a very intelligent cat who would perform tricks, like jumping through a hoop as shown above. Peebles was known to shake stranger’s hands when they came into the wardroom.