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Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

by Patricia McCormick

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Relates the true story of a brave little mare who carried artillery shells into battle numerous times with the U.S. Marines she supported throughout the Korean War.

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Sergeant Reckless was a neglected horse that a group of U.S. Marines found during the Korean War. They fixed her up and she became an integral part of a military operation and even earned herself a rank. It's such a sweet story and humans and animals working together. I love stories like this. There's lots to learn in a book like this, not only about Sergeant Reckless, but of the war and how things unfolded. Fantastic book! ( )
  AvidLearner | Jul 10, 2023 |
Interesting, good story, and wow, the things that happen in war would be hard to make up. Don't feed your horse these things at home. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
A great story to introduce young readers to the Korean War, Sergeant Reckless is the tale of a young mare adopted by U.S. Marines to help carry ammunition. She proved her bravery and devotion, marching into battle time and again, and became the only animal to ever hold a military rank. Includes Author’s Note, Selected Biography.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
A group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War were exhausted! They needed a mule to help them carry the heavy ammunition uphill to the new cannon nicknamed "reckless". A small red mare who was skinny and not impressive was all they could find. They put "Private Reckless" into training. She had to learn to kneel, retreat and to follow. She gobbled up any treats they gave her and she especially liked chocolate! Finally she was reading to carry ammunition up the hill. She LOVED food and had a big appetite. She worked hard in many fights, but the Battle of Outpost Vegas was her most important mission. It changed the course of the war and she was a key element to their success! After the war, they managed to get her shipped to the US. What a great story of the bond between animals and humans. The illustrations are intricate and detailed and the reader comes to know Sergeant Reckless' personality and the bond between the marines and the horse is unmistakable. Students in grades 1-5 will enjoy reading about this hard working horse. This book also lends itself to deepening the understanding of the Korean War as part of social studies.
  Michelle_Hupperten | Jul 30, 2020 |
This book is about a group of US Marines that were fighting in the Korean War and they found a mare. She was very skinny and bad shape. But she had the bravest heart. She was the only animal to ever hold military rank. ( )
  mnh98 | Nov 19, 2018 |
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