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Original caption: "A few months shy of ten years old, John Clem ran away from home to join the Union Army and fight in the American Civil War. Although he started out as a drummer boy, at the point this picture was taken he had served in combat and was already a Sergeant at twelve years old. He became famous for shooting a Confederate soldier who demanded that he surrender. Years later would retire from the military as a Brigadier General."
The bear, named Wojtek, reportedly even fought alongside his fellow Polish soldiers at the savage Battle of Monte Cassino in the spring of 1944, carrying heavy crates of mortar shells. With the approval of the Polish high command, the company's emblem was then changed to one showing a bear carrying a massive artillery shell. After the war, Wojtek lived in Edinburgh Zoo until his death in 1963. Books, statues and even a documentary keep the memory of his unique service alive.