The Germans immediately began firing. Cher Ami was badly wounded, but refused to give up. He flew the entire 25 miles back through enemy lines to the Allied command post. Arriving with one eye shot out, a bullet in its breast, and most of the leg carrying the message was missing. The message stopped the shelling and a rescue force was dispatched. The men had been saved! Thanks to a pigeon named Cher Ami.
After healing, Cher Ami was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm, an honorary service cross, and taken back to America where he lived until 1919. You can now see him on display at the Smithsonian Institute near Washington, D.C.
This story and others like it have happened throughout history. In ancient times pigeons were the fastest way to send messages. From the first Olympic Games and the 5th Egyptian dynasty, WWI, King Cyrus and Julius Caesar, pigeons have made history.