"Reckless had a voracious appetite. She would eat anything and everything – but especially scrambled eggs and pancakes in the morning with her morning cup of coffee. She also loved cake, Hershey bars, candy from the C rations, and Coca Cola – even poker chips, blankets and hats when she was being ignored – or if she was trying to just prove a point."
At the end of the war, the Marines brought Reckless back to the US where she was promoted to Sgt. and lived in retirement. A private was assigned to take care of her. This sometimes led to problems since she outranked her caretaker:
And in this video, Gerry Lucasik wrote a song celebrating Reckless.
The Marine Corp dedicated a statue to the little mare named Reckless at a ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia, on Friday, July 26. The statue was the work of Jocelyn Russell. It depicts the mare struggling uphill carrying a pack of ammunition and contains a lock of her tail in the base of the statue. The idea for the monument came from Robin Hutton, president of Angels Without Wings, Inc., after she read about the horse's heroics.
You can see the statue in the following video:
"Retired Marine Sgt. Harold Wadley, who served side-by-side with Reckless in the Korean War, spoke to “On the Radar” at the installation ceremony of the new Staff Sgt. Reckless statue and told of the horse’s unusual valor in braving enemy fire to bring reinforcement ammunition to her platoon on the front lines.
The memory that stayed with me forever was the image of her when the flare lights were … coming in, and then she's struggling up the ridge,' Wadley recalled. 'And she's in and out of view with the flare light and a lot of smoke...and here comes this little mare just like a shadow and she's heavily loaded with, you know, 75 millimeter rounds.'”
"...Sgt. Wadley said he knew she was different from other horses the first time he saw her.
'The recoilless rifle crew had her in a little wagon hooked to a trailer behind the Jeep, pulling her behind the Jeep,' he said. 'There weren’t any sideboards on it or anything else; she was right in the Jeep like she had been born there. They had trained her to do that. Most horses wouldn’t do that.'”
What an amazing story of a horse bonding with her herd--in this case the herd was the US Marines.