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.
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.