Sgt Reckless Honored by New Statue

Sgt Reckless
The Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard poses for photographs with the bronze statue of Staff Sergeant Reckless, a horse that served in the Korean War from Camp Pendleton, following the dedication ceremony on Wednesday morning at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/SCNG)

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.

SSgt.Reckless was trained to not be spooked by the noise of gunfire /// FOR SUNDAY POSTSCRIPT -- ((handouts for horse)) CREDIT: Command Museum, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego
SSgt.Reckless was trained to not be spooked by the noise of gunfire  CREDIT: Command Museum, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego

 

The bronze statue of Staff Sergeant Reckless, a horse that served in the Korean War from Camp Pendleton, on Wednesday morning at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/SCNG)
The bronze statue of Staff Sergeant Reckless, a horse that served in the Korean War from Camp Pendleton, on Wednesday morning at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside.  (Photo by Mark Rightmire, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/SCNG)

 

Sgt Reckless
Platoon Sgt. Joseph Latham,of the Recoilless Rifle Platoon, Antitank, Co., 5th Marines, worked closely with the Mongolian mare Sgt. Reckless during the Korean War. The platoon came to love Reckless so much that they let her eat their eggs, drink their beer and sleep in their tents. They promoted her to sergeant in Korea and later to staff sergeant at Camp Pendleton where she is buried.  Courtesy of Dept. of Defense

 

Sgt Reckless
The Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard poses for photographs with the bronze statue of Staff Sergeant Reckless, a horse that served in the Korean War from Camp Pendleton, following the dedication ceremony on Wednesday morning at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside.
(Photo by Mark Rightmire, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/SCNG)
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