Cher Ami

Physical Description
Stuffed carrier pigeon.
Specific History
Cher Ami was a registered Black Check cock carrier pigeon, one of 600 birds owned and flown by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. He delivered twelve important messages within the American sector at Verdun; on his last mission, October 4, 1918, he was shot through the breast and leg by enemy fire but still managed to return to his loft with a message capsule dangling from the wounded leg. The message Cher Ami carried was from Major Charles S. Whittlesey's "Lost Battalion" of the Seventy-seventy Infantry Division that had been isolated from other American forces. The message brought about the relief of the 194 battalion survivors, and they were safe behind American lines shortly after the message was received.
For his heroic service, Cher Ami was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with palm. He was returned to the United States and died at Fort Monmouth, N.J. on June 13, 1919, as a result of his wounds. Cher Ami was later inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931, and received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Pigeon Fanciers in recognition of his extraordinary service during World War I.
associated date
1917 - 1918
Physical Description
feathers (overall material)
glass (overall material)
plaster (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 9 1/2 in x 11 in x 5 1/2 in; 24.13 cm x 27.94 cm x 13.97 cm
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Credit Line
War Department. U.S. Signal Corps
related event
World War I
The Emergence of Modern America
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


"Meu nome é Daniele, sou Brasileira, e recentemente assisti ao filme Racing Hearts que mencionou sobre esta ave. Após assistir ao filme busquei aqui mais informações sobre este magnífico herói de guerra. Nunca imaginei que uma ave tão pequena pudesse ter salvo 194 pessoas. Obrigada pelo aprendizado."
"Translation: My name is Daniele, I'm Brazilian, and I recently watched the movie Racing Hearts that mentioned about this bird. After watching the movie I ran here more information on this magnificent war hero. I never imagined that a bird so small could have rescued 194 people. Thank you for learning."
I saw a movie and they had the story of this bird in it . Was really awesome that I could come here and read the story about this bird. Very interesting thank you Debra Madden

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