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Cher Ami

Cher Ami

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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.
Object Name
pigeon, stuffed
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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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
War Department. U.S. Signal Corps
World War I
The Emergence of Modern America
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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It wasn't until Cher Ami was stuffed that they discovered she was actually female.
I love the story of Cher Ami. I teach a radio etiquette class to a branch of the U.S. Military. I include a slide on Cher Ami and use it as an "ice breaker" for the class. I'd like to think that it really hammers the point home on how important communication is. Communication is vital in military operations! Cher Ami got the message to where it needed to go, saving many lives. RIP
He is so cute.
I really love this story about Cher Ami it was so sad to hear that the bird got really injured but it was really interesting and detailed. I really loved it because of how much people the bird save and wow 194 people thats a lot for a bird. I lenjoyed learning so much about cher ami.
I am pigeon breeder in the Philippines and I love the story about the homing pigeon during WWI and I saw the movie about the pigeon who save the 200 men behind enemy lines, I don't know what's the title of that said movie.
Hey Joenald, I liked your comment.Sadly you forgot the title of that movie.BTW, I used to live in CEBU; who knows maybe I've encountered one of your pigeons. Although I must admit that I didn't care much about pigeons back then!
As we approach November 11. 2018, 100 years from the end of World War I. "The War To End All Wars" I recall a story my 2nd grade teacher told our class on this day in 1952. On the 11th day of the eleventh month at the 11th hour of 1952 she asked us to stand and face the East, place our right hands over our hearts for a moment of silence. This gesture by the class honored the end of the first world war and honored all that had served in that conflict. Our teacher also told us of the brave carrier pigeon, Cher Ami, that delivered messages as a courier of important information that our military needed in order to rescue the "Lost Battalion". Although seriously wounded by enemy fire Cher Ami delivered the critical message to the Allied Command which led to securing the battalion from being captured. Cher Ami now resides as an American hero in the Smithsonion Institution. I was 7 years old when I learned of Cher Ami and will become 74 in November of this year. Always remember the sacrifice that has been made by so many for the sake of the country. Even a little carrier pigeon!
"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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