A dainty sorrel mare with a lyrical Korean name that translates as Flame-in-the-Morning became the heroic Sgt. Reckless of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War.
She not only survived the war but showed bravery under fire and boosted morale within her company. (See the links below for more.) She eventually went to America where she received acclaim in LIFE magazine, bore three foals and was eventually buried at Camp Pendleton with full military honors.
Here in the 21st century, dear friends keep the flame alive with a website SgtReckless.com that’s the gateway to her fan club and Facebook page.
Fundraising has begun for the memorial (see the above website for more information). A script for a bio-pic about Reckless has already been written and is looking for backing.
Here at this link is a great story about Reckless. You’ll see how her story kind of parallels Joey’s of “War Horse,” except Flame in the Morning was sold out of love. Like Joey, she found admirers and a new family, the Corps. Read what’s at her modern website and this archived article from the Marine Corps magazine, THE LEATHERNECK.
Because her story is a bit lost to time. She and her buddies deserve better.
If you can’t see the above link to a San Diego TV station’s Veterans Day feature on Sgt. Reckless, click here.
A Veterans Day week “THANK YOU” to all our veterans
And a “thank you” to sources who passed on information to me about Sgt. Reckless: Christine of The Kids Barn and author R.C. Bonitz.