Skip to comments.Statue of Korean War horse Reckless to be unveiled at Marine museum in Virginia
Posted on 07/24/2013 6:07:31 PM PDT by Doogle
Some 60 years after carrying wounded soldiers and ammunition during heavy firefights, a decorated war horse praised as Americas greatest equine soldier during the Korean War is finally being immortalized.
Staff Sgt. Reckless, a Mongolian mare that served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, made 51 solo trips during a five-day battle in March 1953, carrying nearly 10,000 pounds of ammunition and explosives from a supply depot to the front lines.
She was wounded twice and later received two Purple Hearts for her service, as well as several other military decorations. On Friday, a 10-foot bronze statue of the courageous and insatiable horse will be unveiled at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va.
She wasnt a horse, she was a Marine, said Robin Hutton, whose book, Sgt. Reckless, Americas War Horse, will be published later this year. When the Marines got her, they became her herd. She bonded with them and would do anything for them. Shed follow them anywhere and everywhere.
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A 10-foot bronze statue of the courageous and insatiable horse, Staff Sgt. Reckless, will be unveiled Friday at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va. She wasnt a horse, she was a Marine, said author Robin Hutton, whose book on the Mongolian mare is due out later this year. (SgtReckless.com)
Wow. That is a great story. I missed it the first time around, so this is the first time I’ve heard it.
What a great story. Everybody should go to the link and read the whole thing.
What a gorgeous statue! Exciting and beautifully conformed!
Looks like she has a pretty solid T'bred or other hot blood background.
Mongolian horses are small, short-necked (and ewe-necked), thick-bodied, and short-legged. They are basically built like donkeys. They are perfectly suited for their environment, but they are not an attractive looking horse by Western standards.
Thanks so much for posting.
It's a delightful story...thanks for posting...glad to see honor going his way.
Handsome and evocative sculpture, though the sculptor seems to have gotten the skeletal structure of the elbow a little wrong and the legs look disproportionately light. The light legs could be a photographic distortion but the elbow formation isn’t.
I read that she was a TB and had been running at a local track.
No way she's Mongolian. Not even WAY back. :-D
This looks like the clay model, so hopefully the elbow anomaly is just caused by the joining seam which will be smoothed out when the actual casting is made. There look to be seams in other places too (e.g. neck to shoulder) so that may be the problem.
Also agree that the pose is very evocative - when a horse is scrambling up a steep slope, the back and head and haunches are positioned similarly to a jump - which has always seemed to me to be when a horse looks its best.
I saw another photo of the clay model after the sculptor had put the tack and pack on the horse. The girth etc conceals the real flaw in the elbow structure.
It’s a shame they used a wildlife artist. There are some brilliant horse sculptors who could have done a fine job. But this will be nice. I join you in hoping that the large head is the result of camera angle. How often have you taken a picture of your own horse and it turned out to have a giant head and minute legs? I’ve done it many times. Just the camera and the pose.
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