A War Hero Named Reckless

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There is a great war hero who is listed alongside George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as one of the top 100 heroes of all time.
But this hero is not human.
This great hero was a Mongolian mare — a horse named Reckless.
Reckless was a pack horse during the terrible Korean war, and she carried recoilless rifles, ammunition and supplies to Marines.  Nothing too unusual about that, lots of animals got pressed into doing pack chores in many wars.

But this horse did something more. During the battle for a location called Outpost Vegas, Reckless made 51 trips up and down the hill, on the way up she carried ammunition, and on the way down she carried wounded soldiers.
What was so amazing? Well, she made every one of those trips without anyone leading her. 
One can imagine a horse carrying a wounded soldier, being smacked on the rump at the top  of the hill, and heading back to the  “safety” of the rear. But to imagine the same horse, loaded with ammunition, and trudging back to the battle where artillery is going off, without anyone leading her is unbelievable. To know that she would make 50 of those trips is unheard of. How many horses would even make it back to the barn once, let alone return to the soldiers in the field even a single time?
Here is a clip of her story and photos to prove where she was and what she did.


For her heroism, Reckless was twice promoted — first to Sergeant, then to Staff Sergeant by the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Reckless was retired at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton where a General issued the following order: “She was never to carry any more weight on her back except her own blankets.” This great valiant creature died in 1968 at the age of 20.
Please go to www.sgtreckless.com for more information, and join the official Sgt Reckless Fan Club on Facebook.
H/t my dear friend Sol.
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “A War Hero Named Reckless

  1. I love this story. Thanks for posting!

     
  2. That is a truly awesome story.
    -Dave

     
  3. Reckless was a true Hero.she deserves to be more famous than Lassie or any others. Truly a moving story. Thankyou.

     
  4. Yes, her story does deserve to be told. She is an exemplar of what we should strive to be: excellence under fire. This blog will now be sent to my prime email list: Reckless will soon be far better known!

     

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