Clipped From St. Louis Post-Dispatch
HARRY LEVINS Museum Notes: Every Dog Has His Day Dogs and GIs seem to go together. Back in January, when I visited GIs at a highway checkpoint in Bosnia, the only thing they had going for their morale was a puppy abandoned by Bosnian Serb soldiers in their haste to decamp. ' . " Officially, of course, the Army barred such mascots as health hazards. But unofficially, I'll wager that the Bosnian pup remains to this day with that cavalry troop. - Now, such dogs will get a summer-long salute from the Dog Museum at Queeny Park. From Sunday through Sept. 15, the museum will' feature "The Dogs of War," an exhibit of more than 200 items associated with war dogs the German shepherds, Dobermans and others that stood guard, carried messages and sniffed out snipers. ""And one four-pound York shire terrier that stowed away on combat flights across the Pacific. ' , " The Yorkie was named Smoky, and I heard about him through Marcia Deering of Ball win. Smoky belonged to Deering's dad, William A. Wynne of Mansfield, Ohio. Smoky may be one of the few war dogs who weighs less than her own press clippings. Wynne was a combat photographer for the Army Air Forces on New Guinea in March 1944 when he bought the Yorkie pup from a fellow GI who had found the fcreature. How the pup had turned up on New Guinea Would remain hidden in mystery for years but Smoky herself soon became a celebrity of sorts. 1 One day, Wynne tipped over a GI steel helmet and plopped Smoky inside. He took a picture that made Yank, the Army's weekly magazine, and Smoky's fame was assured. i When Wynne flew combat missions as a recon photographer, he packed the dog along in a canvas pouch. When Wynne boarded ships for the invasion of the Philippines and then Okinawa, he smuggled the dog along. Smoky went to Korea for the postwar occupation and then rode the troop ship home with Wynne. "Home" in those days was Cleveland, where Wynne eventually became a photographer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He also had a TV gig a kids' show, with Smoky and her tricks as the main attraction and appeared at fairs and nightclubs. Smoky lived until February 1957. When she died, the Plain Dealer ran her obituary and solved the mystery of how Smoky had found her way to New Guinea. The item caught the eye of a nurse in Ohio, herself a veteran of the New Guinea campaign. In Australia, her fiance had bought a Yorkshire pup and ferried it to the nurse's Army hospital in New Guinea. Somehow, the pup got lost. The nurse said Wynne's Smoky had to be the same pup; after all, Yorkshire terriers are hardly common in the jungles of New Guinea. Wynne, now 74, has collected his memories in a self-published book called "Yorkie Doodle Dandy," and he (and the book) will be on hand for the opening ceremony Sunday at the Dog Museum. The photos of the four-pound Smoky hardly qualify her as the biggest thing in the exhibit. For example, there will be a life-sized bronze statue of a Marine Corps Doberman, ears perked and nose almost twitching. The animal is keen, alert and, I'll wager, not half the story of Smoky. Hours of the exhibit will be noon to 5 p.m. each Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $3 for adults, $1.50 for those over 65 and $1 for children between 5 and 14. Information-. 821-3647.