13 Cats Who Proudly Served Their Countries

A country is only as strong as the cats who run it, and today’s the purrfect time to honor those cats through the ages who served their countries well.

Cat “Puffy” Signing Autographs. Puffy Bares Paw in Bond Drive. New York. Puffy, famed mystic cat, perched at the bond booth in the Cafe Zanzibar tonight where he autographed his picture for bond purchasers as the Night Club 7th War Loan Drive got underway. Here, the king of all cats looks up at Ruth Rhind as she receives the bond she just purchased from Rose Horowitz. Puffy “sold” over $ 50,000 in war bonds in his first two hours as bond salesman. May 14, 1945
VP-12 Squadron CO, Commander Clarence Orville Taff and black cat mascot “Yardbird”. VP-12 was the original Black Cat Squadron, and was based at Guadalcanal starting in December of 1942.
1942- “PX”, the cat mascot, guards the till at the Post Exchange of a U.S. coast artillery outpost in Panama.
Unsinkable Sam (aka Oskar) – A German ship’s cat who saw service in both the Kriegsmarine and Royal Navy during the Second World War, serving on board three vessels (the Bismarck, the HMS Cossack and the HMS Ark Royal) and surviving the sinking of all three.
Sailors of HMS BELFAST with a young cat, possibly “Frankenstein”, on the starboard side of A Turret.
Pyro the tabby cat was recognized for bravery after flying on experimental bomb tests in the Second World War
A fighter pilot poses with his mascot in the cockpit, ca. 1945.
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Sailor with a ships cat aboard the cruiser Olympia, circa 1898.
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An inmate of Murchison POW Camp in Australia with his cat, DEC 1942.
Cat on a French Navy anti-submarine trawler. 1940
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