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Statue to be unveiled to honour Sergeant Reckless

A bronze statue depicting the little horse that became an American war hero will be unveiled next week.

The 1200-pound statue of the mare known as Sergeant Reckless, who served with distinction during the 1950s Korean War, will be dedicated near the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, on July 26.

It will depict Sergeant Reckless climbing a hill – a nod her critical role in resupplying battling Marines with ammunition, and carrying injured servicemen on her trips back down from their position.

She ranks as one of America’s greatest war heroes for her deeds.

Sergeant Reckness was bought by a marine in Korea off a boy from a racetrack in 1952 for $US250, at the age of five.

Reckless was wounded twice during the Korean War.

Reckless was wounded twice during the Korean War.

Named Reckless after the platoon’s recoilless rifles, the little warhorse quickly became a legend.

She was put to work ferrying ammunition to the troops.

Her service was exemplary, and in the 1990s she was named by Life magazine among America’s top 100 heroes.

In one battle alone, Sergeant Reckless made 51 trips, unescorted, carrying a total of five tonnes of ammunition to the soldiers, carrying wounded soldiers back to base.

The little mare provided a great boost to morale every time she made it back up the mountain.

She was trained to step over communication cables, get down when there was incoming fire and to ignore the sounds of battle.

She was wounded twice, but that did not stop her.

Sergeant Reckless was promoted to Staff Sergeant Reckless in honour of her war efforts and she returned to the United States to live out her days at Camp Pendleton. She died in 1968.

Sergeant Reckless was a colourful character in her own right, and would hang out around the mess hall and tents when not carrying ammunition or soldiers.

She was a fan of beer, pickles and pancakes.

Reckless on duty during the Korean War.

Reckless on duty during the Korean War.

She was, for a time, a household name like Lassie, Seabiscuit and Mister Ed.

A small granite monument sits near the stable gates at Camp Pendleton in honour of her memory, but her fans have been fundraising to honour her in a more significant way.

They have been raising cash for two monuments, the first about to be unveiled at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and the second planned for Camp Pendleton, along with a proper graving marking at the camp.

More information: www.sgtreckless.com

 

 

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  1. smokeysdad says:

    It makes me weep to think that today had Staff Sergeant Reckless returned from the war she may have been sold to a slaughterhouse.

    We humans have no regard for the tremendous contributions made by our horses in wartime. We’ve lost the respect they not only deserve but have earned.

    We must relearn how to be humane.

    God Bless Staff Sergeant Reckless and all the others who gave so much for our freedom.

  2. mary Gardner says:

    Such a heart warming story!

  3. Ron Hauser says:

    Special Request: to Paint oil og Staff Sgt. Reckless

    To all of the American Heroes and Korean Vets that have been contacting me for the last three years to paint my impression of that unbelievable WAR Horse, SSgt. Reckless, she is now on the canvas!
    After going over and over the stories, photos and seeing the movie “WAR HORSE”, I finally got out my special Horse painting brushes and a large 24X36 canvas.
    She is starting to come alive in full battle action, bring all the supplies up that impregnable hill top.
    This special painting is dedicated to my love for service horses and dedication to the freedom our founding fathers as well as those who came after them.
    To give their all with their last effort and most of all last breath to keep us free is what I have deep inside of me, and it drives me to pay back with the GOD given gift of my work.
    Thank you, to those who hounded me to do this painting. It should be done in time for Christmas and end of the Holiday gift giving season.
    Any questions about the progress of the painting and available of my Framed only limited Edition High quality Giclee Canvas, hand repainted prints of SSgt. Reckless, you may contact me at my e-mail rhauser@peoplepc.com.
    For those who would like to go to my web site to see other works, please click on http://www.ronhauserartist.com . This will show you that I am a painter of HISTORY.
    Peace be with you all and may “GOD always Bless the USA”,
    Ron Hauser aka “The Canvas Cowboy” International Artist
    Ron Hauser Enterprises LLC
    Bunkhouse Studio
    534 Murifield Drive
    St. Charles, Missouri 63304
    636-939-9415 Bunkhouse Studio Phone
    314-805-8011 Trail Phone

  4. Artist ( Ron Hauser) says:

    This is an update as to the progress of my latest 24″ X 36″ canvas oil paint of “Staff Srgt. Reckless” in full Battle action on Vagas Hill top.

    I am about a week away from putting the last brush stroke on the painting called “The little Horse That Could”.

    Full size Giclee canvas prints will be available in Limited editions in the next two weeks in time for that special holiday season gift to honor our Korean War heroes like Staff Sergeant Reckless.

    http://horsetalk.co.nz/2013/07/20/statue-unveiled-honour-sergeant-reckless/

    For those who would like to go to my web site to see other works, please click on http://www.ronhauserartist.com . This will show you that I am a painter of HISTORY.
    Peace be with you all and may “GOD always bless the USA”,
    Ron Hauser aka “The Canvas Cowboy” International Artist
    Ron Hauser Enterprises LLC
    Bunkhouse Studio
    534 Murifield Drive
    St. Charles, Missouri 63304
    636-939-9415 Bunkhouse Studio Phone
    314-805-8011 Trail Phone

  5. Ron Hauser says:

    Staff Sgt. Reckless “The Little Horse that Could”

    To all of the American Heroes and Korean Vets that have been contacting me for the last three years to paint my impression of that unbelievable WAR Horse, SSgt. Reckless. She is now on the canvas and finished. I have placed her right in the thick of the full battle of Vegas Hill top. Orders are already coming in from vets and those who just can’t get enough of this fantastic little true WAR HORSE!

    After going over and over the stories, photos and seeing the movie “WAR HORSE”, I finally got out my special Horse painting brushes and a large 24X36 canvas.

    She started to come alive when I started to paint her in full battle action, bring all the supplies and 75 MM shells up that impregnable hill top to keep the M20’s firing away, along with spooling the communication wire from site to site.

    This special painting is dedicated to my love for the heroic service horses along with our founding fathers as well as the patriots that came after them fighting to make and keep this great nation of democracy and freedom alive and well today.

    Thank you, to those who hounded me to do this painting. It is now here in time for Christmas and the Holiday gift giving season.

    Any questions about ordering a high quality print of the painting framed only limited Edition High quality Giclee Canvas, hand repainted prints of SSgt. Reckless, Please contact me at my e-mail rhauser@peoplepc.com.

    For those who would like to go to my web site and see the painting ,please do. Just click on http://www.ronhauserartist.com . This will show you that I am a painter of HISTORY.

    Peace be with you all and may “GOD always Bless the USA”,

    Ron Hauser aka “The Canvas Cowboy”
    Ron Hauser Enterprises LLC
    Bunkhouse Studio
    534 Murifield Drive
    St. Charles, Missouri 63304
    636-939-9415 Bunkhouse Studio Phone
    314-805-8011 Trail Phone

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