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Reckless Korean War Horse
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Birth: Jul., 1949
Seoul
Seoul Special City, South Korea
Death: May 13, 1968
Oceanside
San Diego County
California, USA

US Marines Corps Korean War Horse. During actions in Korea in October 1952, 5th Regiment 2nd Lieutenant Eric Pedersen wanted to increase the firepower of his recoilless rifle platoon by securing a pack animal to carry 75-mm. shells over rugged terrain. For $250, he bought a petite mare horse named Flame from a Korean racetrack boy who needed money. Her name was changed to Reckless and she quickly learned her duties from caretaker Sergeant Joseph Latham. Reckless went on to valiantly serve the Marines in combat. During the five day bloody Battle of Outpost Vegas in March 1953, she made 51 solo trips carrying nearly 10,000 pounds of ammunition and explosives from supply depots to the front lines. She also carried wounded Marines and was wounded twice herself. After the war, Reckless came to America and was praised as a war hero. She made public appearances, was featured in The Saturday Evening Post, Life Magazine and made several television appearances, such as the "Art Linkletter Show". In 1960, she retired to Camp Pendleton and in a ceremony was promoted Staff Sergeant by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. For her service, Staff Sergeant Reckless is the US Military's most decorated animal earning two Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with star, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, all of which she proudly wore on her scarlet and gold blanket. She died of natural causes in May 1968 and was buried with full military honors with a bronze plaque on her grave at the Camp Pendleton Stables. On Thursday July 25, 2013, the US Marines honored Staff Sergeant Reckless an equine soldier of the Korean War in a ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oceanside. In addition to her dedication at Camp Pendleton, as part of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, Reckless was honored with a 10-foot bronze statue of her at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia, on July 26, 2013. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Camp Pendleton
Oceanside
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: Camp Pendleton Horse Stables
 
Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jul 27, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 114445634
Reckless Korean War Horse
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Reckless Korean War Horse
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Reckless Korean War Horse
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
 
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