Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse

Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse

by Robin Hutton

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She wasn't a horse—she was a Marine.

She might not have been much to look at—a small "Mongolian mare," they called her—but she came from racing stock, and had the blood of a champion. Much more than that, Reckless became a war hero—in fact, she became a combat Marine, earning staff sergeant's stripes before her retirement to Camp Pendleton. This once famous horse, recognized as late as 1997 by Life Magazine as one of America's greatest heroes—the greatest war horse in American history, in fact—has unfortunately now been largely forgotten. But author Robin Hutton is set to change all that. Not only has she been the force behind recognizing Reckless with a monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and at Camp Pendleton, but she has now recorded the full story of this four-legged war hero who hauled ammunition to embattled Marines and inspired them with her relentless, and reckless, courage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621572756
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 07/28/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 468,555
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Robin Hutton is a Los Angeles-based writer who has been researching the life of Reckless for more than eight years and is currently the president of Angels Without Wings, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that spearheaded the development and dedication of a national monument to Sergeant Reckless. She lives in Camarillo, CA. Visit her website:

Table of Contents

Preface: Remembering Sergeant Reckless xiii

Introduction xv

Part I Korea

Chapter 1 Before Reckless Became Reckless 3

Chapter 2 The "Reckless" Rifle Platoon 15

Chapter 3 From Flame to Reckless 31

Chapter 4 Reckless Takes Center Stage 53

Chapter 5 Reckless Hones Her Skills 63

Chapter 6 The "Battle of the Nevada Cities"-the Nevada Complex 75

Chapter 7 The War Winds Down 103

Chapter 8 Old Friends Leave, New Friends Arrive 123

Chapter 9 "Operation Bring Reckless Home" Begins 147

Part II A Hero's Journey

Chapter 10 America-Bound 161

Part III Life at Camp Pendleton

Chapter 11 Home, Sweet Home 183

Chapter 12 Reckless's Foals 233

Part IV In Memoriam and More

Chapter 13 "Famed Marine Horse 'Reckless' Dies at 20" 257

Chapter 14 A Legacy Lives On 265

Epilogue: The Making of the Monument: "Operation: Reckless" 273

Author's Note: With Thanks and Gratitude 295

Facts and Figures at a Glance 301

Notes 303

Bibliography 321

Pendleton Scout Articles 331

Index 335

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