LONDON – A U.S. Marine Corps horse who served under fire during the Korean War has been posthumously decorated for bravery.
Sgt. Reckless was awarded the Dickin Medal at a ceremony at the Korean War Memorial in London on Wednesday, the 63rd anniversary of the end of the war.
The chestnut Mongolian mare served as an ammunitions carrier for the marines' anti-tank division. She made repeated strips to supply ammunition and retrieve wounded troops under heavy bombardment during the battle of Outpost Vegas in March 1953.
After the war, Reckless retired to the United States and died in 1968 at age 20.
Reckless is the 68th recipient of the medal, awarded by the PDSA veterinary charity. It recognizes wartime bravery by animals, from carrier pigeons to a World War II commando collie.