Cats And The Military

Published November 2013

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As Remembrance Day approaches, let us recall that felines have played a role in the armed forces of the world for centuries.


1898
Crewmen on the deck of the USS Olympia use a mirror to play with their cats in 1898.
The Olympia served as Admiral George Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila during the Spanish American War. 


1900
Crewman of the USS Texas pose with mascot dog and cat on the muzzle of one of the ship's guns.
Built in 1892, The Texas was the first U.S. battleship.


1914
Infantrymen with their feline friends


1925
The cats of the USS Mississippi climb ladders to enter their hammock.
The Mississippi was involved in several fierce battles during World War Two.


1924
USS Flusser cat 'Wockle' on the capstan in Venice, Italy during WW 1. 


1944
Pilots on a US Navy aircraft carrier relax by playing with the ship's mascot. before flying far above the Atlantic on a battle-mission.


1953
A cat in Korea keeps a soldier company


1959
Retired war veteran, Pooli, earned three service ribbons and four battle stars,
while serving aboard an attack transport ship during World War II.


2004
Soldier in Afghanistan rescues a cat


2012
Soldier on patrol in Iraq carries a kitten in his belt

 

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