By Robin Hutton
From the racetrack to the battlefield—dauntless, fearless, and exemplar of Semper Fi—she was once Reckless, "pride of the Marines."
A Mongolian mare who used to be bred to be a racehorse, Ah-Chim-Hai, or Flame-of-the-Morning, belonged to a tender boy named Kim-Huk-Moon. so as to pay for a prosthetic leg for his sister, Kim made the tricky determination to promote his loved better half. Lieutenant Eric Pedersen bought the bodacious mare and renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank department, of the fifth Marines she’d be joining.
The four-legged equine braved minefields and hailing shrapnel to carry ammunition to her department at the frontlines. in a single day by myself, appearing fifty-one journeys up and down treacherous terrain, overlaying a distance of over thirty-five miles, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, Reckless established her steadfast devotion to the Marines who had turn into her herd.
Despite merely measuring approximately 13 palms excessive, this pint-sized equine turned an American hero. Reckless was once offered red Hearts for her valor and was once formally promoted to employees sergeant two times, a contrast by no means bestowed upon an animal prior to or since.
Author Robin Hutton has reignited pleasure approximately this approximately forgotten legend, knowing the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Monument on the nationwide Museum of the Marine Corps, accomplished in July 2013, and now spurring the construction of a moment memorial at Camp Pendleton, California, the place Reckless lived out the remainder of her days.
The paperback version features a new foreword by means of basic James F. Amos, thirty fifth Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. it is going to attract enthusiasts of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit, Elizabeth Letts' The 80 greenback Champion, and the characteristic movie War Horse.