Sergeant Reckless was a horse.
|Sergeant Reckless with Sgt Latham, public domain image|
She was trained to make supply runs where she’d carry ammunition and other supplies to various troops. In fact, she often made these runs solo. She even served as an ambulance, evacuating the wounded from the field. Wounded in battle twice, she was given the rank of corporal in 1953 and later given a battlefield promotion in 1954. She was so trusted, that she made supply runs by herself and was allowed to wander about freely where she would often enter marines’ tents where she was given refuge there on cold nights.
“The highlight of her nine-month military career came in late March 1953 during fighting around Vegas Hill when, in a single day, she made 51 solo trips to resupply multiple front line units. … She also became the first horse in the Marine Corps known to have participated in an amphibious landing, and following the war was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and several other military honors.” ~Wikipedia.
Because of her invaluable service she is considered one of America’s 100-all-time heroes. She died in May 1968, leaving behind a legacy of service.
I knew horses were smart. In fact, they have a video that went viral about a week ago in which a horse unlocks its gate and then unlocks the gates for the other horses in its stable. But I don’t think I realized just how smart a horse can be until I found this article on Sergeant Reckless. For those interested, there's a website devoted to her honor and a memorial they're raising funds for.