Camp Pendleton, California – A new statue of Sgt Reckless was unveiled at Camp Pendleton. Reckless, a small Mongolian mare purchased in South Korea for $250, is one of the greatest heroes of the war. Reckless became one with the men of the 5th Marine Regiment, and shared in their food, beer, slept in their tents, and bonded with them around the oil stoves. Reckless’ job was to carry ammunition for the 75mm gun. Each shell weight about 20 pounds, and after being loaded up, she would head to the front lines, often by herself.
During one particularly hazardous day, Reckless made 51 runs to supply ammo, traveling over 35 miles and carrying over 9,000 pounds, all while under heavy enemy fire. She carried ammunition in, and carried wounded Marines back to safety. “It was like the sky was falling. … I didn’t have near enough stretchers,” Harold Wadley, who served with Reckless, said at the ceremony.
The new statue, which stands 12′ high, cost $185,000, most of which was donated to Camp Pendleton Historical Society and Hutton’s Angels Without Wings.
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