From the racetracks
of Seoul to the battlegrounds of the Korean War, Reckless was a horse whose
strength, tenacity, and relentless spirit made her a hero among a regiment of US
Marines fighting for their lives on the front lines.
Her Korean name was Ah-Chim-Hai, meaning Flame-of-the-Morning. A
four-year-old chestnut-colored Mongolian racehorse with a white blaze down her
face and three white stockings, she once amazed the crowds in Seoul with her
remarkable speed. But the star racer was soon
sold to an American marine and trained to carry heavy loads of artillery shells
up and down steep hills under a barrage of bullets and bombs. The marines
renamed her Reckless.
Reckless soon proved fearless under fire, boldly trekking
alone through the fiery gauntlet, exposed to explosions and shrapnel. For
months, her drive and determination kept the marines’ guns blazing, while
inspiring them with her singular charm. During one day of battle alone, she
made fifty-one trips up and down a crucial hill, covering at least twenty-five
miles in the heat of combat. On some of her uphill treks, Reckless shielded
human reinforcements. The Chinese, soon discovering the unique bravery of this
magnificent animal, made a special effort to kill her. But Reckless never
slowed. As months passed and the enemy grew bolder, the men came to appreciate
her not just as a horse but as a weapon and, eventually, as a fellow marine.
In Reckless, Tom Clavin, national bestselling
coauthor of Halsey’s Typhoon, tells
the unlikely story of a racehorse who truly became a war hero, beloved by the US Marine Corps and decorated for bravery. A moving reminder of the unbreakable
bond between people and animals, Reckless is a powerful tale of courage,
survival, and even love in the face of overwhelming odds. Download and start listening now!