SGT Reckless in the News
This weekend I was cleaning out my basement when I came upon a copy of Cowboys and Indians magazine that my wife's grandfather had given me a few years ago. It had an article about Sgt. Reckless in it, and I wrote a piece at the time about the story. Anyway, I re-read the piece again because I enjoyed it so much the first time.
Somewhat serendipitously I came across a story about Reckless today in the Washington Post:
This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the day an agreement was signed to end the fighting in the peninsula now divided into North and South Korea. On Saturday, men and women who fought in Korea will be honored in Washington. But the day before, another kind of leatherneck (a nickname for a Marine) will be honored: a little red horse.
Her name was Sergeant Reckless, and the Marines “drafted” her to pack ammunition to the battlefield and carry the wounded back to safety. But here’s the thing: She did it on her own. She kept climbing those jagged hills even after she was wounded.
The soldiers came to love her so much that they brought her home from Korea after the war to live at Camp Pendleton in California. On Friday, “Operation Reckless” at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico will feature the unveiling of a life-size statue of Sergeant Reckless, a real war horse.
“She was one of them, and that’s why they’re honoring her,” said Robin Hutton, of Ventura, California, who has written a book on the mare to be published this year. “She wasn’t a horse; she was a Marine.”
I liked this video about Reckless as well: