Two Purple Hearts, a Presidential Citation and More for Sergeant Reckless!


In the lead up to Remembrance/Veterans Day I wrote a post  in 2016 about the War Horse Hero of the Korean War….Sergeant Reckless. This was a mare of great bravery and intelligence.  Here is the text of that previous post.

In  1952 Reckless was bought  by the US Marine Corps to serve as a pack horse for the Recoilless Rifle Platoon, Anti Tank Company, of the 5th Marine Regiment in the Korean War.

The chestnut mare of Mongolian breeding was trained in battlefield skills: how to avoid being trapped in barbed wire, how to lie down when under fire, how to run for the bunker upon hearing “incoming”. She soon became friends with the troops and was allowed free run of the camp and spent nights inside with the troops. She had a remarkable appetite and ate scrambled eggs, bacon, chocolate bars, shredded wheat, peanut butter sandwiches and drank Coca-Cola…

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6 responses to “Two Purple Hearts, a Presidential Citation and More for Sergeant Reckless!”

  1. Alli Farkas Avatar

    And let us not forget she was a CHESTNUT mare! She probably thought she was teaching the troops how to do the job properly rather than the other way around. ❤️

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      YES! You are absolutely right. Next time someone says anything derogatory about chestnut mares I will remind them of Reckless . Thanks Alli.

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  2. Emma Cownie Avatar

    Nice to hear that she spent her retirement years in sunny California

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Yes she deserved a good retirement after her service in Korea.😊

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  3. Lesley Avatar

    I commented on the original post, Anne. 🙂


    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Thank you for taking the time to read the original.

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