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Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America's past. These stories are about Americans - people just like you - who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you. Kate Kelly

World War I

World War I and a Remarkable Messenger Dog

During World War I, the United States had no canine corps, but once we entered the war, our troops were the beneficiaries of military dogs... continue »

Rin-Tin-Tin: The True Story

Like most Hollywood legends, the story of Rin-Tin-Tin has many versions. One California professor has gone to great lengths to document the truth. From the... continue »

Sergeant Stubby, World War I Mascot

Though the United States did not yet have an official program for using dogs in the military until World War II, one dog--a pit bull--earned... continue »

Loretta Walsh: First Woman to Enlist in Navy

Loretta Perfectus Walsh was the first woman to enlist in the U.S. Navy (March 17, 1917) and the first woman to reach the rank of... continue »