Calculator the Dog

Died 1923 - Fort Benning, Georgia

It was in the early 1920's that a legend began to grow about one of Fort Benning's favorite mascot: A mongrel dog named calculator. "Calc," as the dog was affectionately known to everyone from the commandant to the private in the ranks, was crippled. His name was suggested by the halting manner in which he "put down three and carried one." But there was nothing slow about Calc's manner of making friends. He hitchhiked and panhandled his way in a royal style, taking complete possession of the garrison. He seemed to have an uncanny knowledge of Fort Benning automobiles and considered it his privilege to travel back and forth between Columbus and the Fort in any Benning officer's car. Many commissioned members of the garrison made it a habit to drive by the Ralston Hotel in Columbus on their return from town to see if Calculator was waiting at the accustomed place for a lift.

Not a one-man dog, Calc was impartially loyal to all his friends, never staying too long in one place, taking his food from anyone who happened to be around when he was hungry, sleeping wherever he happened to be when he was tired, and always following the most interesting events of the school, lending his presence both to the units engaged in problems and to those participating in ceremonies.

The troops grew so fond of Calculator that, when he was unaccountably poisoned in 1923, a collection was taken to build a monument to him. It was placed at the Infantry School and when this building became the School of the Americas in 1984, it was decided to move the Calculator monument to the front of the National Infantry Museum. Inscribed on his memorial are these simple words: Calculator--Born ?; died August 29, 1923. He made a better dog of us all.

Inscribed on his memorial are these simple words:

"Calculator--Born ?; Died August 29, 1923. He Made a Better Dog of us All."