Join me as I salute Sergeant Reckless …
“Reckless” is not the nickname of the fellow in the photo.
In fact, Reckless was not a fellow at all.
She was a pack horse who served in the Korean War, carrying rifles, ammunition, and supplies to Marines.
Of course, she wasn’t the only horse who helped during the war, but Reckless was special.
Consider, for instance, the Battle of Outpost Vegas in March of 1953 …
In one grueling day of the brutal battle, Reckless made 51 trips from the ammunition supply point to the firing sites. She hauled almost five tons of equipment and carried numerous wounded soldiers over 35 miles, through open rice paddies and up steep mountains that were riddled with enemy fire.
And she made nearly every trip by herself.
“Going up the ridge, in and out of view, was this little mare,” recalled retired Marine Sgt. Harold Wadley, who witnessed the horse’s heroism. “I tell you, her silhouette in all the smoke—I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I thought, ‘Good grief. It’s Reckless!'”