Since the Civil War, U.S. soldiers and their canine companions have been inseparable. Over time, these dogs have shown they provide more than love. Stubby, a bull terrier in World War I, could sniff out poison mustard gas before any human in his division. Smoky, a whip-smart Yorkshire terrier, ran telegraph wire through no-man's land in World War II. Nemo, a tough-as-nails German shepherd serving in Vietnam, took a bullet in the eye, yet crawled on top of a gravely wounded soldier to protect him. Other four-footed warriors gave the ultimate sacrifice. This is the story of how dogs and soldiers became more than buddies when they were Bonded by Battle.
Nancy Roe Pimm is an award-winning author of many books and articles for children. In addition to Fly, Girl, Fly!, Pimm is the author of the middle-grade biography The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo around the World. She and her retired racecar-driver husband Ed Pimm live in Plain City, Ohio. They have three daughters and two grandsons. Nancy and Ed share their home with two dogs, one cat, and one snake.