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  • Meredith Fusilier

    A Korean War hero, the mare Sgt. Reckless learned to step over wire and get down during incoming fire. A true USMC War Horse!

  • Jeffrey Edel

    Sgt. Reckless was a Marine Corps mare (1st Div) in Korea. Reckless delivered ammo to the recoilless rifle platoon’s firing sites. She would be led a few times and then could make the trip to and from the ammo dump by herself. During just one battle, she made 51 trips under enemy fire, most of them by herself. She was wounded twice but didn’t quit. PltSgt Joe Latham was Reckless’ trainer. He taught her to step over wire, how to get down during enemy fire and other means of staying alive.

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"Reckless delivered ammo to the recoilless rifle platoon's firing sites. She would be led a few times and then could make the trip to and from the ammo dump by herself. During just one battle, she made 51 trips under enemy fire, most of them by herself. She was wounded twice but didn't quit."

Sgt. Reckless - Korean War Horse Hero

A Mongolian mare named Reckless, a national hero, joined the Marines during the Korean War. Her brave service got her promoted to Sergeant. Her Military Decorations included two Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, & Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, all of which she wore proudly.

Reckless…the mare. This horse was a pack horse during the Korean war, and she carried recoilless rifles, ammunition & supplies to Marines. Nothing too unusual about that, lots of animals got pressed into doing pack chores in many wars. But this horse did something more….during the battle for a location called Outpost Vegas. This mare made 50 trips up and down the hill, on the way up she carried ammunition, & on the way down she carried wounded soldiers. What was so amazing? Well she made every one of those trips without anyone leading her.

Reckless, the War Horse that served with the Marines in the Korean War.

Reckless was promoted to Marine staff sergeant by Gen. Pate in 1959 and was retired in 1960 to Camp Pendleton, with full military honors. Among other decorations and honors, she received two Purple Hearts. She died May 13, 1968.

Reckless was a horse used in the Korean War-a true hero in every sense of the word

Sargeant Reckless, the horse that carried ammunition to soldiers during the Korean War. She marched riderless through walls of bullets and fiery explosions to deliver munitions to the men at the front. She was left behind when her unit returned home… but petitioning quickly brought her stateside. She lived a full life. Some heroes have four legs.

War Horses who served our Country on both sides of the war and every other time in our Nation's history.

The Korean War. A memorial plaque in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama.