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 the
Korean War, a four-legged marine proved to be a heroic force of nature. She
moved headstrong up and down steep, smoky terrain that no man could travail
confidently. In a single day,
this small Mongolian mare made fifty-one round-trips carrying nearly five tons
of explosives to various gun sites. Sergeant Reckless was her name, and she was
the horse renowned for carrying wounded soldiers off the battlefield and
making solo trips across combat zones to deliver supplies.
A widely celebrated national hero, Reckless was first
featured in 1954 in the Saturday Evening Post and in 1997
when Life magazine published an edition lauding history’s one hundred
all-time heroes. Equine enthusiast Robin Hutton learned about Sergeant Reckless
and spearheaded the effort to commission a monument at the National Museum of
the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, near the Marine Corps Base Quantico. In July of 2013, the statue
was unveiled. A second monument is planned for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, where Reckless
lived out her days and is buried.
Hutton has now written a fascinating full biography of
Sergeant Reckless, who earned two Purple Hearts for her heroic efforts, among
other military decorations. Hutton has spoken with the marines who fought
alongside Reckless and tells the complete and captivating tale of how a
would-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. Download and start listening now!