A little-known hero of the Korean War will be commemorated on July 26 with a statue at Semper Fidelis Memorial Park near the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va.
Sgt. Reckless was a Mongolian mare that a Marine purchased for $250 from a Korean boy who needed money to buy his sister an artificial limb.
Reckless brought loads of ammunition to Marines during battle and carried wounded men off the battlefield while under fire. During the Battle of Outpost Vegas, which lasted five days, the horse made 51 trips up and down a mountain carrying ammo and supplies.
Reckless was wounded twice during the war, and she was something of a celebrity when she came to the United States. She made numerous public appearances, but her fame soon faded. The heroic horse died in 1968.
"I couldn't understand how she had just vanished from the face of history," said Robin Hutton, president of Angels Without Wings, the nonprofit sponsoring the monument.
But Reckless will now be immortalized with a bronze statue sculpted by Jocelyn Russell. The statue shows her in an uphill stance, carrying a load of ammunition.
More than a dozen Marines who served with Reckless will attend the statue dedication at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
The museum will also share Reckless’ story through an exhibit in its Korean War Gallery. The exhibit features photos and artifacts, as well as an educational component that allows children to measure "how many hands high" they are in comparison to Reckless.
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