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A small Korean pony, Reckless was acquired by some U.S. Marines during the Korean War to haul ammunition to the front lines -- and, in short order, became the real-life warhorse of the Marine Fifth Regiment. It is an incredible story of a Jeju pony and her buddies, forging a bond that enabled her to give so much more than anyone ever expected, and her Marines to return a l A small Korean pony, Reckless was acquired by some U.S. Marines during the Korean War to haul ammunition to the front lines -- and, in short order, became the real-life warhorse of the Marine Fifth Regiment. It is an incredible story of a Jeju pony and her buddies, forging a bond that enabled her to give so much more than anyone ever expected, and her Marines to return a love that continues to this day. The memories of many of those who knew her in wartime and thereafter, and 14 pages of photos, will underscore why Sergeant Reckless is honored still.


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A small Korean pony, Reckless was acquired by some U.S. Marines during the Korean War to haul ammunition to the front lines -- and, in short order, became the real-life warhorse of the Marine Fifth Regiment. It is an incredible story of a Jeju pony and her buddies, forging a bond that enabled her to give so much more than anyone ever expected, and her Marines to return a l A small Korean pony, Reckless was acquired by some U.S. Marines during the Korean War to haul ammunition to the front lines -- and, in short order, became the real-life warhorse of the Marine Fifth Regiment. It is an incredible story of a Jeju pony and her buddies, forging a bond that enabled her to give so much more than anyone ever expected, and her Marines to return a love that continues to this day. The memories of many of those who knew her in wartime and thereafter, and 14 pages of photos, will underscore why Sergeant Reckless is honored still.

59 review for They Called Her Reckless: A True Story of War, Love And One Extraordinary Horse

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becky Boyle

    Some call the Korean War the Forgotten War but this story brings honor to those who fought, both human and horse. I learned so much about the war through this story about the little horse and her marine buddies. This story is a great read if you like history, horses, adventure, a happy ending or a hundred other reasons. I was motivated to read this book by two of my students who researched Reckless for their National History Day project. I'm so glad I did. Some call the Korean War the Forgotten War but this story brings honor to those who fought, both human and horse. I learned so much about the war through this story about the little horse and her marine buddies. This story is a great read if you like history, horses, adventure, a happy ending or a hundred other reasons. I was motivated to read this book by two of my students who researched Reckless for their National History Day project. I'm so glad I did.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Disappointed in story as I thought the book was going to tell the story of Reckless.It was more about the war.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diane Adams

    I don't read a lot of stories about war...but I do enjoy reading about love and horses! Found this at a library book sale & learned it was by an author from my state AND had been designed by a local couple. At the end, I learned that it had also been printed in state by a company using wind power! Bonus points for that. Anyway, most of what I knew about the Korean War prior to reading this came from watching M*A*S*H on TV...so not very much. This book provides an education about the war, about i I don't read a lot of stories about war...but I do enjoy reading about love and horses! Found this at a library book sale & learned it was by an author from my state AND had been designed by a local couple. At the end, I learned that it had also been printed in state by a company using wind power! Bonus points for that. Anyway, most of what I knew about the Korean War prior to reading this came from watching M*A*S*H on TV...so not very much. This book provides an education about the war, about indigenous horses in Korea, and about the Marines. And presents it in a conversational style that makes it an easy read. Now I want to go to the Marine Museum in VA and see the statue of Reckless!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    This is not the first book I have read about Staff Sergeant Reckless. I will say that this one seemed much more personal in tone. It was not written as just a factual account but gave many more personal anecdotes about her, which I found much more enjoyable to read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steph21

    Very Informational and written well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    A heart-warming story. I like that the author didn't apply human emotions to Reckless the horse. She presented what made Reckless special using horse psychology i.e. her attachment to her Marines as a substitute for her herd. I knew part of the story before I read this book but I didn't realize Reckless delivered ammunition up and down the mountains by herself with no human lead. That truly was amazing. The author did a splendid job weaving in the history of the Marines and the Korean War with t A heart-warming story. I like that the author didn't apply human emotions to Reckless the horse. She presented what made Reckless special using horse psychology i.e. her attachment to her Marines as a substitute for her herd. I knew part of the story before I read this book but I didn't realize Reckless delivered ammunition up and down the mountains by herself with no human lead. That truly was amazing. The author did a splendid job weaving in the history of the Marines and the Korean War with the main story of Reckless' military career. Ms. Barrett filled a lot of gaps I had in my knowledge of Korean War history.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Summers

    A historical accounting of a remarkable horse and the Marines who loved her. Her willingness to serve, as told by the men who knew her best and lived with her, is nothing short of amazing. This is a moving story of a little mare--a true war mare--who literally was responsible for saving countless lives during the Korean War. Janet Barrett's novel will have you rethinking what you thought you knew about history's story. Pages of photos are an added plus to add a personal and very real touch to th A historical accounting of a remarkable horse and the Marines who loved her. Her willingness to serve, as told by the men who knew her best and lived with her, is nothing short of amazing. This is a moving story of a little mare--a true war mare--who literally was responsible for saving countless lives during the Korean War. Janet Barrett's novel will have you rethinking what you thought you knew about history's story. Pages of photos are an added plus to add a personal and very real touch to the lives contained within.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    this book is very well written and researched going into great detail about this little warhorse. my only objection is that in the middle of a narrative the author would break off to give a full back story on a person or place. while it was all great information it made it difficult for me to stay involved with the book. for anyone who likes war history or stories about famous horses I would recommend this read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bob Caroti

    Nice book ... story I had never heard of a horse in South Korea during that conflict and the affection and love between the Marines and her during battle and lulls made for an entertaining read. Also got some Korean War history, Marine history and other horse history and the author obviously did her homework before writing this. Nice Job and worth a read!

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