Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce


Mark The Date ...Wednesday, March 20, 2019 At 6:30 PM ...
At The Westfield Athenaeum
For A Fascinating Program About The Real Warhorse!

When the U.S. Marine Fifth Regiment's Recoilless Rifle Platoon acquired a small Korean pony to haul ammunition up the steep hills to the front lines, they got a real-life warhorse, the courageous and indomitable Reckless, who stood with her buddies for two years during the Korean War, saving lives, raising spirits, and winning the love and respect of all who knew her.

She came on base in October, 1952, disrupting a softball game and capturing the attention of everyone around. Immediately named for the "reckless" rifles she would supply, she began life with the Marines as Private First Class Reckless, and in short order was an integral member of the platoon. In skirmishes and firefights, and ultimately in the savage Battle for Outpost Vegas, Reckless showed her bravery and resilience. In that last bloody fight, surpassing all expectations, she hauled ammunition for three days and nights wherever it was needed. For wounds sustained, she was awarded two Purple Hearts.

Ever the character, she also shared her buddies' C-rations and mess hall chow, beers and an occasional whiskey, and on cold nights, their warm tents. She was promoted to sergeant by the Commander of the Marine First Division, and soon thereafter, sailed for San Francisco, a hero's welcome, and a new life.

Join us on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Reckless' story  as told by Janet Barrett, author of the first full biography of this amazing warhorse. Enriched by the memories of more than 60 Marines who knew her in Korea and thereafter, "They Called Her Reckless" tells of an incredible human-horse connection, and the power it unleashed. Copies of the book, signed by the author, will be for sale at this event.

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