A 10-foot bronze statue of the courageous – and insatiable – horse, Staff Sgt. Reckless, will be unveiled at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va. “She wasn’t a horse, she was a Marine,” said author Robin Hutton, whose book on the Mongolian mare is due out later this year.
story by: Joshua Rhett Miller
photos courtesy of: laughingorcaranch.blogspot.com and sgtreckless.com
Some 60 years after carrying wounded soldiers and ammunition during heavy firefights, a decorated war horse praised as America’s greatest equine soldier during the Korean War is finally being immortalized.
Staff Sgt. Reckless, a Mongolian mare that served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, made 51 solo trips during a five-day battle in March 1953, carrying nearly 10,000 pounds of ammunition and explosives from a supply depot to the front lines.
She was wounded twice and later received two Purple Hearts for her service, as well as several other military decorations. On Friday, a 10-foot bronze statue by sculptor Jocelyn Russell of the courageous — and insatiable — horse will be unveiled at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va.
“She wasn’t a horse, she was a Marine,” said Robin Hutton, whose book, “Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse,” will be published later this year. “When the Marines got her, they became her herd. She bonded with them and would do anything for them. She’d follow them anywhere and everywhere.”
During her retirement at Camp Pendleton, she was promoted to Sergeant and then in 1959 to Staff Sergeant. And her last Promotion Ceremony included a 19 Gun Salute!! In her honor she was presented with a parade of 1,700 Troops from her old outfit, the 5th Marines.
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