King Neptune

Updated May 08, 2022
Kathy Pinna
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on Jan 26, 2017 7:19 PM
This pig, named King Neptune by a Navy Recruiter in 1942, became a major part of the U.S. war effort in World War II.

Dressed in a Navy blanket, the piglet was auctioned off to raise money for war bonds (people bid on pieces of the pork meat). The bidding was widespread and high - since meat was rationed during the war, many people wanted a piece of the pig. But although everyone paid their money when the auction was over, no one claimed their "piece of meat." The piglet was saved.

Although numerous auctions were held for King Neptune throughout the war, the pattern continued: lots of bidders, lots of money raised, but no one claimed the life of Neptune. So King Neptune went on to live until 1950, when he died of pneumonia and was buried in a grave (with plaque) befitting his status. (He raised 19 million dollars for the war effort - over 200 million in today's dollars.)
Date & Place: at Illinois in Illinois United States

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