(Picture provided by Ms. Andrea Keiller)
NAES was asked to perform an appraisal of the 10 year old Holsteiner gelding,
“WON LUCATO.” The horse had been successfully shown by Tony Font, a prominent Texas professional.
(Picture provided by Ms Wright)
“MARSHALL,” is shown performing at the 2011 Colorado Summer Horse Show held in Parker, CO.
The horse is a 12 year old Oldenburg hunter. The horse is owned by Ms. Christine Wright.
NAES was asked to perform the insurance appraisal.
(Picture provided by Ms. Sharon Oscar, Esq.)
The 8 year old Holsteiner, “LOOK AGAIN” is pictured showing at the
West World show grounds in Scottsdale, AZ., ridden by Tim Herrick.
The horse was owned by attorney, Sharon Oscar.
SSgt Reckless was very much a hero to forward units of a
Marine Corps Recoilless Rifle detachment during the Korean conflict.
In LIFE Magazine’s “Celebrating Our Heroes, listed alongside George Washington,
The little horse that could ...
Here Reckless is show receiving her
SSgt stripes at her promotion ceremony
from no less than the Commandant of the
Marine Corps, General Rand McCall Pate
at Camp Pendleton, CA.
|(Photos provided by Robin Hutton)
Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, is a small Mongolian mare named Reckless,
who became the greatest war hero horse in American history.
The story of Reckless is not only remarkable – it is unusual. And once you learn about her,
you will see why the Marine Corps not only fell in love with her - but honored her and
promoted her every chance they got. And it wasn’t just the Marines that served
with her in the trenches that honored her - her last promotion to Staff Sergeant was by
Gen. Randolph McC Pate - the Commandant of the entire Marine
You can’t get higher than that in the Marines.
Reckless joined the Marines to carry ammunition to the front lines for the
75mm Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the 5th Marines -
and she quickly earned the love and respect of all of the Marines that served with her.
Lt. Eric Pedersen paid $250 of his own money to a young Korean boy, Kim Huk Moon, for her.
The only reason Kim sold his beloved horse was so he could buy an artificial leg for his older sister,
Chung Soon, who lost her leg in a land mine accident.
Kim’s loss was the Marines’ gain.
It was not only Reckless’ heroics that endeared
the Marines to her -
it was her incredible antics off of the battlefield.
You will not believe her antics when she was being ignored, or if she was hungry –
just say you never wanted to leave your food unattended.
As legendary as she was for her heroics – her appetite became even more legendary.
had a mind of her own – not to mention, being very determined.
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.
One of Reckless’ finest hours came during the Battle of Outpost Vegas in March of 1953.
At the time of this battle it was written that, “The savagery
of the battle for the so-called
Nevada Complex has never been equaled in Marine Corps history.”
This particular battle “was to bring a cannonading and
bombing seldom experienced in warfare …
twenty eight tons of bombs and hundreds of the largest shells turned the crest of Vegas
into a smoking, death-pocked
rubble.” And Reckless was in the middle of all of it.
Enemy soldiers could see her as she made her way across the deadly “no man’s land”
rice paddies and up the steep 45-degree mountain trails that led to the firing sites.
“It’s difficult to describe the elation and the boost in morale that little white-faced mare gave
Marines as she outfoxed the enemy bringing vitally needed ammunition up the mountain,”
Sgt. Maj. James E. Bobbitt recalled.
During this five-day battle, on one day alone she made 51 trips from the
Ammunition Supply Point to the firing sites, 95% of the time by herself.
She carried 386 rounds of ammunition (over 9,000 pounds – almost FIVE TONS! -- of ammunition),
walked over 35 miles through open rice paddies and up steep mountains with enemy fire
coming in at the rate of 500 rounds per minute. And as she so often did,
she would carry wounded soldiers down the mountain to safety,
unload them, get reloaded with ammo, and off she would go back up to the guns.
She also provided a shield for several Marines who were trapped trying to make their way up to the front line.
Wounded twice, she didn’t let that stop or slow her down. It’s amazing that she survived.
What she did in this battle not only earned her the respect of all that served with her,
but it got her promoted to Sergeant. Her heroics defined the word “Marine.”
She was BELOVED by the Marines. They took care of her better than they took care of
throwing their flak jackets over her to protect her when incoming was heavy, risking their own safety.
Her Military Decorations included two Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with star,
National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal,
and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit
Citation, all of which she wore proudly on her red and gold blanket.
It’s time we honored this horse in the manner she richly deserves with a Memorial
We will be dedicating the first Monument near Washington, DC, at the
National Museum of the Marine Corps
at Quantico, VA on Friday, July 26, 2013. Public is welcome. A second Monument and grave marker is planned for
Camp Pendleton, where Reckless lived out her days, and is buried.
There has never been another horse like Reckless,
and her memory deserves this kind of honor and recognition.
(Re-printed from Life Magazine)
(Photo provided by Betsy Woodruff)
TOP GUN was an outstanding 13 year old Welsh Cross pony owned by Betsy Woodruff of Hallsville, MO.
(Photo provided by Ms. Hightower.)
The horse of the month for July 2012
FAKIR, an Akel-Teke 10 year old gelding belongs to Ms. Lillian Hightower of Lubbock, TX.
NAES was asked to do the appraisal for this rare breed, which can be traced back at least 3000 years.
(Photo provided by Kathleen Reagan, Esq.)
The horse of the month for June 2012
ADIANNA, a Hanoverian 14 year old mare belonged to Ms. Libby Heitinen of Lexington, KY.
NAES was asked to do the appraisal for this champion show horse.
(Photo provided by Kathleen Reagan, Esq.)
The horse of the month for May 2012
"BANACEK", a Warmblood gelding belonged to Ms. Lisa Moolec of Haverhill, MA., was unfortunately euthanized owing to a broken leg. NAES was asked to do the appraisal for the plaintiffs.
(Picture provided by Ms. Marynell Eyles)
“CALLOWFEENISH THUNDER” is a registered Connemara shown with his “whip,” Sam Davis
in the annual Berryville, VA Christmas Parade.
(Picture provided by Ms. Van Patten)
The horse of the month for March 2012
“VALUTA” is a nine year old Dutch Warmblood shown here being ridden on the outside course at Warrenton, VA.
He’s owned by Ms. Christina Van Patten. NAES was asked to perform the appraisal.
(Photo provided by Kim Dodd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.)
The horse of the month for February 2012, “WAIT A MINUTE” is a Thoroughbred/Pony cross owned by Ms. Kim Dodd of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He’s competed very successfully in the highly competitive Large Pony Working Hunter division;
NAES was asked to do an appraisal.
(Photo provided by Ms. Julie Grishan, Dallas, TX.)
The horse of the month for January 2012, “MYSTICAL TALE” is an American Warmblood owned by Ms. Julie Grisham of Dallas, TX. He’s competed very successfully in the highly competitive Jumper Divisions; NAES was asked to do an appraisal.