This is the complete and captivating account of how a would-be Korean racehorse became one of the greatest Marine Corps wartime heroes.
Amid an inferno of explosives on a deadly minefield in theKorean War, a four-legged marine proved to be a heroic force of nature. Shemoved headstrong up and down steep, smoky terrain that no man could travailconfidently. In a single day,this small Mongolian mare made fifty-one round-trips carrying nearly five tonsof explosives to various gun sites. Sergeant Reckless was her name, and she wasthe horse renowned for carrying wounded soldiers off the battlefield andmaking solo trips across combat zones to deliver supplies.
A widely celebrated national hero, Reckless was firstfeatured in 1954 in the Saturday Evening Post and in 1997when Life magazine published an edition lauding history’s one hundredall-time heroes. Equine enthusiast Robin Hutton learned about Sergeant Recklessand spearheaded the effort to commission a monument at the National Museum ofthe Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, near the Marine Corps Base Quantico. In July of 2013, the statuewas unveiled. A second monument is planned for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, where Recklesslived out her days and is buried.
Hutton has now written a fascinating full biography ofSergeant Reckless, who earned two Purple Hearts for her heroic efforts, amongother military decorations. Hutton has spoken with the marines who foughtalongside Reckless and tells the complete and captivating tale of how awould-be Korean racehorse became one of the greatest Marine Corps wartime heroes. Sgt.Reckless brings the legend back to life more than half a century later.