Philly was a mixed breed who was adopted by the military…erm, recruited by the United States Military, to stand with the boys of Company A of the 315 Infantry, 79th Division. She was so aptly named because of the hometown of the men who loved her. When it came time to ship out, the boys, afraid to leave her behind and have her abandoned, decided to make Miss Philly a stowaway. She endured the sea voyage to France and stood by them through every battle until Armistice Day. Philly was 8 weeks old when they brought her into the ranks and carried the rank of Private. She soon became worth 50 Deutschmarks to the enemy, because Philly could warn her boys about sneak attacks, and saved them repeatedly, foiling the German advance.
During her service, Philly was wounded and even gassed. The men made her purple hearts for her valor. She wore a blue regimental mantle in parades, and bears one still at the museum in which she’s been ‘interred’ and kept as the 315th’s mascot since her service and their disbanding in 1995. Philly died at the ripe age of 15. Respects can be paid at the Atwater Kent Museum, 15 S. 7th St. in Philadelphia, PA.
Read more about Philly here…
Heroic War Dog Still Stands Guard Museum Hails WWI Mascot – Philly.com
Philly was also featured on The Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum.