|This horse was a pack horse during the Korean
war, and she carried recoilless rifles, ammunition and supplies to
Marines. Nothing too unusual about that, lots of animals got pressed
into doing pack chores in many wars.
But this horse did something more. During the battle for a location
called Outpost Vegas, this mare made 51 trips up and down the hill, on
the way up she carried ammunition, and on the way down she carried
What was so amazing? Well, she made every one of those trips without
anyone leading her.
One can imagine a
horse carrying a wounded Marine, being smacked on the
rump at the top of the hill, and heading back to the "safety" of the
rear. But to imagine the same horse, loaded with ammunition, and
trudging back to the battle where artillery is going off, without
anyone leading her is unbelievable. To know that she would make 51 of
those trips is unheard of. How many horses would even make it back to
the barn once, let alone return to the Marines in the field even a
Sgt. Reckless carried over 9,000 lbs. of supplies up the hill that day
as well as carrying wounded Marines on her way down.
was retired at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton. She
died in 1968 at the age of 20.
P.S. How bad was the battle for Outpost Vegas? Artillery rounds fell at
the rate of 500 per hour, and only two men made it out alive without
wounds. Just two.
Even this horse was wounded twice.
Reckless' retirement ceremony at camp Pendleton. She was promoted to
Staff Sergeant and the General
following order: "She was never to carry any more weight on her
back except her own blankets."
SSgt. Reckless and the other Marines enjoying a beer at her retirement
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