Roger Thompson: Horsin’ Around 10-24-11
Fort Collins, Colo.
I just received this e-mail from my cousin living in Texas. I know she sent it to me because of my love of horses as well as dogs, cats and other animals. I don’t know if the rest of you have received this e-mail or not but I really liked it and have known some horses that would act that same way.
However I do know the training that went into this horse. The video that went with it explained it. When I graduated from High School I tried to join the U.S. Calvary but they said they had disbanded about a year and a half before I graduated. So I went to a military college to attempt to get some rank before entering but that is neither here nor there, so here is the story.
During the Korean War, the US Marines were engaged in a fierce battle for a hill they called Outpost Vegas. As usual the point gave excellent vantage for troupe movement and artillery fire (an important position to hold). As usual horses were put into service to carry heavy loads of ammunition to where the fighting was, then loaded with wounded soldiers and carry them back to safety. Many of these horses were shot and killed during these battles.
This was not so amazing with someone leading the horse, but this horse was pointed in the direction she was to go. Then slapped on the rump and sent up or down the trail with out any one leading her. The little mare made 51 trips up and down the trail with artillery shells exploding all around her with out turning back.
Artillery rounds fell at the rate of 500 per hour and only two men and this horse made it out of the battle alive or without wounds. The mare was wounded twice but never stopped. When it was all over they named her Reckless. She was promoted to Staff Sergeant, then transported back to Camp Pendleton for retirement.
Commandant of the marine corps promoted her and issued an order that she was to carry no more loads on her back except for her blanket. Reckless lived 20 years before she died in 1968. Reckless was listed as a hero along with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa.
For more information on this amazing horse and her story, please visit http://www.SgtReckless.com.
*Prior to his retirement, Roger Thompson was a CHA certified instructor of advanced Western horsemanship and beginning English riding.