During a time where female roles in the American military were limited, one rose in ranks and became a national hero. Named "Reckless" by the Marines fighting in the Korean War, a little Mongolian mare began her military career as a simple pack horse, and ended with the rank of Sergeant!
Reckless held a very important job during the war- carrying heavy ammunition to the Marines at the front lines. At the Battle of Outpost Vegas in March 1953, Reckless carried almost five tons of ammunition over the course of a few days through "no man's land" to the frontlines, and also carried wounded soldiers to safety!
This unstoppable mare was loved by her Marines and helped boost the morale of her Division. The honors this brave mare received include: two Purple Hearts, a Presidential Unit Citation with star, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. Reckless was retired to Camp Pendleton in California, where she received her final promotion to Staff Sergeant in 1959.
The ribbons on Sgt. Reckless' dress sheet all have a special meaning. They represent all of the awards she was honored with! From left to right, they are: Two purple hearts, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Korean Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.
On her shoulder, she has a French Fourragere that the 5th Marines earned in World War I. The chevrons at the end of her name on the blanket show her Staff Sergeant status!
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Breyer Sgt. Reckless will be donated to the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Fund to help support efforts to create a permanent memorial in honor of her efforts.