Retired famous Marine Corps horse, Sergeant Reckless, decorated for combat service during the Korean War.
Camp Pendleton California Date:1967, September 21 Duration:2 min 0 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Camera from hilltop, pans over an outdoor corral and collection of buildings (some quonset style) at U.S. Marine Corps Camp Pendleton, California. In the middle background, what appears to be a firing range, can be seen. Other buildings sit atop hills in the far background. Scene shifts to close view of a chestnut mare, in a private stable. A sign on the gate reads "Reckless." The mare wears a blanket displaying a staff sergeant's stripes and service ribbons. The words "Sgt. Reckless 1st Mar. Div." also appear on it. Sgt. Reckless is contentedly eating from a trough of hay set up in the pen. Closeup of her horse blanket. (Note: Sgt. Reckless is seen here in retirement. She was bought by U.S. Marines in Korea, in 1952, during the Korean war, and trained to be a pack horse for the Recoilless Rifle Platoon, Anti-Tank Company, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Her decorations include: Purple Heart w/ 1 award star; Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/ 1 service star; Navy Unit Commendation; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal w/ 3 bronze service stars; Korean Presidential Unit Citation; United Nations Korea Medal; and French Fourragère. Sergeant Reckless died in 1968.)
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