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 - 6C GENERATIONS . - Photo by Willaim A. Wynne A...
6C GENERATIONS . - Photo by Willaim A. Wynne A Yorkshire terrier named Smoky was decorated for her combat missions during World War II. William A. Wynne of Mifflin Township Township writes about Smoky in his book. Tiny terrier did her bit to help Allies win war Yorkie Doodle Dandy: A Memoir by William A. Wynne (Wynnesome Press Ltd., ISO pp., $14.95 paper). When he first looked into the grinning, little furry face, William Wynne couldn't have known what was in store for him. An energetic ball of fluff was about to ease the soldier's soldier's wartime loneliness and change his life. Found in a foxhole in New Guinea during World War II, the tiny Yorkshire terrier named Smoky would be decorated decorated for her combat missions missions with the 26th Photo Recon Squadron and cheer up hospitals full of wounded veterans. veterans. This memoir by former Cleveland Plain Dealer photographer photographer chronicles Wynne's wartime experiences experiences as an aerial photographer photographer and his transition to civilian life when he and Smoky took their act on the road, working in Hollywood for a time before returning to Cleveland. Wynne, who lives now in Mifflin Township, self-published self-published self-published self-published his book. It includes photos of Smoky grinning from a soldier's combat helmet, helmet, performing overseas, and pulling communications cables through a culvert. There's also one of the Yorkie in a flight oxygen mask carrying carrying case, his mode of transportation transportation from overseas to the States. Wynne's training, coupled with the little dog's willing intelligence, created an entertaining team who were featured on early Cleveland television stations. Smoky walked a tightwire, rode a scooter dressed in a clown suit, climbed ladders and balanced balanced on barrels. Wynne's book is a testament testament to the little things in life that can make a huge difference. difference. It is also a tribute to a friendship between a man and a dog. Near the end of the book, Wynne writes, "I don't know why I became the guardian, tutor and companion of this spirited fluff of hair who shared our lives and fortunes -r -r never misfortunes. My Yorkie Doodle Dandy, who could make Americans at war forget their troubles simply by watching her chase giant butterflies along the squadron roads . . . Smoky's tiny brain permitted her to grasp things so quickly. Her lightning responses delighted audiences halfway around the world." Karen Palmer News Journal

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  1. News-Journal,
  2. 14 Jul 1996, Sun,
  3. Page 24

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