On honor of Memorial Day, reader Raye Lynn Phoebus reminds us of the real-life war horse Reckless, a mare so heroic she was promoted to Staff Sergeant during the Korean War.
Raye writes: “Off the track, Reckless was purchased in 1952 for $250 at 5 years old. She was trained by the Marines to step over communication lines, hunker down under fire, ignore the sounds of battle and to carry ammo up and wounded down a mountain, under fire, BY HERSELF. In one battle she made 51 trips carrying over 9,000 pounds of ammunition to the firing sites. She walked over 35 miles through open rice paddies and up steep hills through artillery that was firing and exploding all around her. She was wounded twice but kept working. Here’s an awesome little video about this heroic real-life War Horse. Once a hero, she has now been forgotten. She deserves to be remembered.”
Thank you, Raye, for sharing Reckless’ story with Horse Nation! Learn more about Reckless and her story at www.SgtReckless.com.