Memorial Day Break Week – NO LESSONS

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Memorial Day Break Week – NO LESSONS

NO LESSONS. We will be closed all week for the Memorial Day holiday.

Remembering and Honoring Sargent Reckless
Staff Sergeant Reckless (c. 1948 – 1968), a decorated warhorse who held official rank in the United States military. Reckless was bought by members of the United States Marine Corps in 1952 in Korea and trained to be a pack horse for the Recoilless Rifle Platoon, Anti-Tank Company, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. She quickly became part of the unit and was allowed to roam freely through camp, entering the Marines’ tents, where she would sleep on cold nights, and was known for her willingness to eat nearly anything, including scrambled eggs, beer, Coca-Cola and, once, about $30 worth of poker chips.

She served in numerous combat actions during the Korean War, carrying supplies and ammunition, and was also used to evacuate wounded. Learning each supply route after only a couple of trips, she often traveled to deliver supplies to the troops on her own, without benefit of a handler. The highlight of her nine-month military career came in late March 1953 during the Battle for Outpost Vegas when, in a single day, she made 51 solo trips to resupply multiple front-line units. She was wounded in combat twice.

She was retired and brought to the United States after the war. She was officially promoted to staff sergeant in 1959 by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Reckless retired from active service with full military honors at Camp Pendleton on November 10, 1960. She was provided free quarters and feed in lieu of retirement pay, per Marine Corps documents.

Reckless developed arthritis in her back as she aged and injured herself on May 13, 1968. She died while her wounds were being treated.