Sinbad, a mixed-breed dog, became one of the most beloved members of the U.S. Coast Guard during his time aboard the cutter Campbell in the 1940s. Despite his lack of traditional discipline, often sleeping on duty and getting easily distracted by food, Sinbad’s presence brought unconditional love, loyalty, and a boost in morale to the crew.
Found on the streets of New York in 1937 by the Campbell’s crew, Sinbad quickly became an integral part of the ship’s life, enjoying privileges like custom-made hammocks and a personal life jacket. His adventures included bar hopping, surviving a kidnapping attempt in Cuba, and even being the subject of court-martial. Despite his antics and a tendency to cause disturbances, Sinbad earned five war ribbons and four battle stars, retiring with the rank of Chief Dog and leaving a legacy celebrated by a statue on the new Campbell cutter commissioned in 1988.