t a little, bright-eyed wiggle-tailed war veteran other day.
ipifor Shorty, the Scottish terrier who put 2 ^ars in the hospitals with Anver Hab- A
to sleepf th It was in half his infantry and' his master, hab, Fort D<
Shorty was only three in 1941 when he trotted off to Camp Clai-borne, La., with Habhab, a member of Company G of the Iowa national guard from Fort Dodge.
-lA' He spent a lot of time in
Habhab's barracks bag to avoid
<: port officers in Ireland and
" Worth Africa, and he went
through 60 days of the hell of
"Anzio in foxholes.
Shorty didn't mind the screeching shells; he just flattened out beside Habhab. But he didn't like air raids, and cuddled up beside Habhab when he heard a plane Coming. He always was waiting, however, when his master came .>back from the front lines.
Ashes Taken Home.
Maybe it was shell shock or combat fatigue-or time. But they blew taps for Shorty the other day. He was sick, and didn't like loud noises.
Now his ashes are back home with Habhab's brother, Shaffee, and his wife, in Detroit. They are in an urn, which has a place of honor, but Shorty is alive in their hearts, for they raised him from a puppy in Fort Dodge.
Habhab manages the 34th Division club in Fort Dodge.
Shorty learned to be as sturdy a foot-slogger as any man in the 34th division. At first, his legs would tire and Habhab had to add him to his pack on marches In North Africa, Shorty mounted guard, and Habhab insisted he knew all the uniforms. Shorty met Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and got a commending pat for duty well done.
Smuggled Into Hospital. When Shorty and Habhab hit the beaeh^jit Anzio, the dog learned to dig**h**m£h his mas-
ter, and he really made the dirt fly. When Habhab's unit came back after 20 days at th* front, Shorty was there to welcome the company.
After Habhab was wounded, a Red Cross worker and officer finally smuggled Shorty into the hospital. When Habhab's hospital convoy reached Percy Jones general hospital in Battle Creek, Mich., an admitting room sergeant got the shock of his life iwhen he pulled back the blanket to find Shorty curled at the feet of the new patient. Shorty and Habhab were discharged in 1947.
And now there is the urn and beside it, Shorty's harness that Habhab made in the hospital.
On it are Habhab's Silver Star, Purple Heart, Combat infantryman's badge, campaign ribbons with two battle stars, overseas service stripes, lucky six-pence piece, dog tag with his army serial and APO numbers, date of enlistment - and, of course, his Good Conduct medal.
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