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Sgt Reckless: America's War Horse

War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II

War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II




A Mongolian mare who was bred to be a racehorse, Ah-Chim-Hai, or Flame-of-the-Morning, belonged to a boy named Kim-Huk-Moon. To buy a prosthetic leg for his sister, Kim made the difficult decision to sell his beloved companion. Lieutenant Eric Pedersen purchased the bodacious mare and renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon of the 5th Marines.

The four-legged Marine braved minefields to deliver ammunition to her division on the firing sites. In one day alone, performing fifty-one trips up and down treacherous terrain, covering thirty-five miles, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, Reckless demonstrated her devotion to the Marines who had become her herd.

Despite only measuring about thirteen hands, this pint-sized equine became an American hero. Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts for her valor and was promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since.

Author Robin Hutton has reignited excitement about this legend, realizing FIVE NATIONAL MONUMENTS to Sgt. Reckless: 1)  at the National Museum of the Marine Corps (Quantico, VA); 2) Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (Oceanside, CA);  3) Kentucky Horse Park (Lexington, KY); 4) a horse farm in Barrington Hills, IL that works with veterans with PTSD,; and 5) the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, TX. In 2021, a sixth monument will be placed at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, FL, and then hopefully South Korea is next!

This full biography of Sgt. Reckless includes over 135 pictures of Reckless and her three colts, including interviews with the Marines who fought alongside her, revealing, at last, the complete and captivating tale of how a would-be Korean racehorse became one of the greatest Marine wartime heroes of all time. 

Sgt. Reckless brings the legend back to life more than half a century later. 

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War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II

War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II

War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II


 War Dogs * War Birds * War Horses & Mules * War ... Cat!

Millions rallied to the cause of freedom against Nazism and the menace of Imperial Japan. But did you know that some of those heroes had fur, or feathers? War animals guarded American coasts against submarine attack, dug out Londoners trapped in bomb wreckage, and carried vital messages under heavy fire on Pacific islands. They kept up morale, rushed machine gun nests, and even sacrificed themselves picking up live grenades.

This book tells the heart-warming stories of the dogs, horses, mules, pigeons—and even one cat—who did their bit for the war effort. American and British families volunteered beloved family pets and farm dogs when rationing made it difficult to feed them; President Roosevelt, bought honorary commissions in the reserves for lapdogs and other pets not suitable for military duties to “exempt” them from war service and raise money to defeat Hitler and Tojo. Many of these gallant animals are recipients of the prestigious PDSA Dickin Medal, the “Animals’ Victoria Cross.”

In War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II you’ll meet:

Judy, the POW dog who helped her beloved human survive brutal Japanese prison camps

Cher Ami, the pigeon in WWI who nearly died delivering a message that saved American troops from death by friendly fire

Beauty, the “digging dog” who sniffed out Londoners buried in the wreckage of the Blitz—along with pets, including one goldfish still in its bowl!

Olga, the horse who braved shattering glass to do her duty in London bombings

Smoky, the Yorkshire terrier who did parachute jumps, laid communications wire through a pipe so small only she could navigate it, became the first therapy dog—and starred on a weekly TV show after the War

Simon, the war cat whose campaign against the “Mao Tse Tung” of the rat world saved food supplies and his ship’s crew

Chips, who guarded Roosevelt and Churchill during the Casablanca Conference, and the only dog to earn a Silver Star for his heroics

The shining loyalty and courage of these heroes is a testimony to the enduring bond between us and the animals we love.

To learn more details about these amazing animals, as well as how we plan to honor them with the International War Animals Museum, visit our website :

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