One pigeon named Cher Ami actually saved the lives of nearly 200 men during World War I. NOT A JOKE. HERE IS PROOF: “We are along the road parallel to Our artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven’s sake, stop it.
Lost Battalion survivors. Only 194 soldiers walk out of the ravine Oct. 8, 1918 -the rest were killed, wounded, missing or taken prisoner of war. Maj. Whittlesey & just 2 officers (out of 46) walked out that day, each awarded the Medal of Honor for holding the command together under incredibly difficult circumstances.
Teaching and Mapping the Geography of the Meuse Argonne Offensive: Geography is War, A Case Study of the Argonne Forest and the Lost Battalion | American Battle Monuments Commission
One of the rare pictures of "Cher ami' by life. Cher Ami is a carrier pigeon fanciers given by the United Kingdom, led by American fanciers and then given back to the US Army Signal Corps for use in France during the First World War. He participated in the rescue of the Lost Battalion of the 77th US Infantry Division in the Battle of the Argonne in October 1918.
World War I in Photos: The Western Front, Part II, and Armistice
The Lost Battalion is the name given to nine companies of the United States 77th Division, roughly 554 men, isolated by German forces during World War I after an American attack in the Argonne Forest in October 1918. Roughly 197 were killed in action and approximately 150 missing or taken prisoner before 194 remaining men were rescued. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Battalion_%28World_War_I%29)