A carrier pigeon or messenger pigeon is a homing pigeon (specifically a domesticated rock pigeon, Columba livia) that was used to carry messages, generally called "pigeon post". Carrier pigeons of the Racing Homer breed were used to carry messages in World Wars I and II ~~ 32 such pigeons were presented with the Dickin Medal (shown above). #Pigeon #Post #Paloma #Mensajera #6thCentury
Some of the smallest heroes of World War II are sometimes described as “rats with wings.” At its peak, the Army Pigeon Service totals 150 officers, 3,000 enlisted men, and 54,000 pigeons. The winged messengers are credited with saving thousands of lives. Thirty-four pigeons receive the Dickin Medal, which honors the valor of dogs and pigeons in wartime.