SGT. RECKLESS MONUMENT AT CAMP PENDLETON: EVENT THIS WEEKEND IN SAN DIEGO!






A reader sent a clipping, informing me that there will be a Fund Raising Event honoring Sgt. Reckless at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA on Saturday, September 13th!

They are hoping to raise enough money to erect a Monument at Camp Pendleton!  Please go if you are able!

A MONUMENT FOR RECKLESS AT CAMP PENDLETON, WHERE SHE RETIRED AND IS LAID TO REST.

The event is a fund raiser to help raise money to create a 2nd monument of Sgt. Reckless to be erected at her retirement home and final resting place, Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA.

Mark September 13 on your calendars and, if you’re in the area, plan to attend our annual fundraiser. We will hold it at the Las Flores Adobe this year. If you can’t join us at the annual fundraiser, you can still donate using PayPal or sending a check. All profits will go to the Reckless Monument Fund. (The fundraiser is from 11:am to 4 pm at the Los Flores Adobe. Which can be reached by entering the base at the gate just east of the las pulgas exit off interstate 5. Tickets cost $30.00 admission is free for children younger than 12. Visit camppendletonhistoricalsociety.org. And sgtreckless.com. “. )

“After serving with the 1st battalion 5th marine regiment. The mare returned to camp Pendleton and lived her last 14 years on base at the Stepp stables where she was buried in 1968. ” the non profit group is holding a fund raiser Saturday. At the base’s historic Las Flores Adobe. Which the society helped restore. The historical society is matching donations up to $30,000. And Hutton is donating part of the proceeds from her book to the project. Which is estimated to cost $135,000. With a completion date set for next year. The fundraiser is from 11:am to 4 pm at the Los Flores Adobe. Which can be reached by entering the base at the gate just east of the las pulgas exit off interstate 5. Tickets cost $30.00 admission is free for children younger than 12. Visit camppendletonhistoricalsociety.org. And sgtreckless.com. “.
The first monument at her unveiling at the National Museum of the Marine Corps

The first monument at her unveiling at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  There is now a fund raiser to create a 2nd monument for Sgt. Reckless’ retirement home, Camp Pendleton.

THE DETAILS…

RECKLESS MONUMENT FUND

The Camp Pendleton Historical Society has partnered with author Robin Hutton and artist Jocelyn Russell to bring a larger than life monument of the warhorse Reckless to Camp Pendleton. Reckless was a small Mongolian mare purchased in 1952 in Korea by Lieutenant Erick Pederson, leader of the 5th Marine Regiment recoilless rifle platoon. In Marine jargon recoilless rifles were known as “reckless rifles,” hence her name.

Marines trained Reckless to carry 75mm ammunition and supplies to frontline firing positions. She learned quickly and often completed her mission without a handler. A strong, mutual bond formed. It was no longer just a horse and Marines; the platoon accepted her as one of their own. The small mare became Private Reckless.

In March 1953 the 5th Marines were engaged in a particularly violent struggle known as the Battle for Outpost Vegas. During one day of that engagement Reckless made 51 trips from the ammunition supply point to the frontline positions, most of them on her own. She carried over 300 rounds, more than 9,000 lbs, across 35 miles of rice paddies and steep mountain trails to her fellow Marines. After offloading her supplies, she carried the wounded back to the aid station. Reckless was wounded twice, but never faltered. If there had been a strong bond between two and four legged Marines before, it was cemented forever by her heroic actions that day. In recognition of her bravery she was promoted meritoriously to corporal.

When the 5th Marines returned to Camp Pendleton in 1954, Reckless came with them. She lived the remainder of her days at the Camp Pendleton stables. Over the years she had three foals: Dauntless, Fearless, and Chesty. In 1957 General Randolph McCall Pate, Commandant of the Marine Corps, awarded her a final promotion to staff sergeant (E-6). Although she was never again asked to risk her life under fire, she played a central role in regimental ceremonies. After her death Reckless was buried at the Base stables with full military honors.

It will cost $125,000 to prepare, ship, and install a bronze monument to Reckless aboard Camp Pendleton. When in place, it will look very much like one installed at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in July 2013. CPHS will assist with the fundraising and will match all money raised, up to $30,000, with funds already in our accounts. We hope that you will join the cause. Remember that with CPHS’s matching promise, each dollar contributed becomes two dollars!

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HOW TO DONATE IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND

There are two websites that have donation information.  One is the Camp Pendleton Historical Society and the other is SGT. Reckless (official site) created by the author of the book.

Both sites have fund raiser information but the Sgt. Reckless site has a Fund Raising thermometer, which I always love!

Click to go to site

Click to go to site

Click image to visit site.

Click image to visit site.

SGT RECKLESS…

I’ve written about Sgt. Reckless (the mare) often.  Most recently regarding the new book by Robin Hutton!  Click here to read that post.

Book Cover.  To order the book, click on image.  (no affiliation)

Book Cover. To order the book, click on image. (no affiliation)

From the author's website...

From the author’s website…

OTHER NEWS ABOUT RECKLESS FROM THE AUTHOR WEBSITE: Her Grave Marker.

I found this tidbit when I was searching through the Author’s website.  It is about a grave marker for Sgt Reckless.  I will find out more.

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For Brother… all proceeds will go towards the September Bucket Fund.

Our September Bucket Fund isn't doing so well so far... Any Starbucks money out there?  Brother could use some groceries, for sure!

Our September Bucket Fund isn’t doing so well so far… Any Starbucks money out there? Brother could use some groceries, for sure!

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He could barely stand, but he loaded… he knew this was his chance.

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ABANDONED BY HIS OWNER, THE PLACE WHERE HE WAS BOARDED JUST WATCHED HIM STARVE… Meet BROTHER, OUR SEPTEMBER BUCKET FUND GELDING.






C’MON, Really?!  So this horse’s owner didn’t pay his board fees for several months so the property owners just stopped feeding him…

They didn’t bother to pick up the phone and ask anyone or any service for any kind of help at any time… Not one call to anyone.  They did absolutely nothing while they watched this innocent being STARVE, knowing full well what they were doing.

They watched Brother starve to teach his owner a lesson.

Perfect.  Another story of humans behaving badly.

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Barely alive, but alert and ready to GET OUT OF THAT HELL!  Brother was INTENTIONALLY starved because his owner didn’t pay the board bill.   Brother is a 20+, affectionate and grateful draft/TB cross.

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Yup. The boarding place was angry with Brother’s owner for not paying board… so they let him starve. They just stopped feeding him. No calls to anyone, no asking for help – nothing.  They wanted him to starve to prove a point…

THE STORY OF HUMAN BRAVERY AND AN EQUINE’S WILL TO SURVIVE!

Luckily, a non-horse person drove by the property several times and was able to watch Brother’s decline.

She didn’t know, really, what she was seeing, but she knew it wasn’t good.  So, being a very brave woman, she approached the property owners…

The story the property owners gave this do-gooder was so repulsive that she couldn’t stand it.   She knew she had to help this being.  So, knowing absolutely nothing about horses,  she negotiated his release into her hands.  And it worked!  She now was responsible for a nearly dead horse…

So, the brave woman called the only horse person she knew who called another horse person who called another… and within a short time, a team was created to go get Brother.

Brother, who could barely walk… mustered his will to load.

He knew it was now or never.

He could barely stand, but he loaded... he knew this was his chance.

He could barely stand, but he loaded… he knew this was his chance.

SONOMA EQUINE RESCUE – LET’S HELP THEM RIGHT THIS WRONG!

Sonoma Equine Rescue, Rehabilitation and Adoption accepted Brother and jumped in with both feet!   Their vet, Dr Katherine Szabo, was on hand upon Brother’s arrival to take all his vitals and assess the situation.  Brother, who they believe to be a 20+ draft/TB cross, was a few hours from death…. full of worms, 500lbs underweight and his body was shutting down.

But, he had a spark!  The volunteers said he seemed ‘affectionate and grateful’ – even through his pain.  Brother could barely stand and the only walking he did was between his feed and water buckets… but he was grateful!

Lifted by Brother’s will, the volunteers are steadfastly doing whatever the good Doctor prescribes including feeding Brother small meals every two hours around the clock, treating his skin infections and taking care of his eyes, ears, teeth, feet… you name it.

Can we help right this wrong for Brother?!  Thank you in advance.

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Sonoma Equine Rescue is doing their best... he has been bathed, fed around the clock, loved and tended since he arrived!

Sonoma Equine Rescue is doing their best… he has been bathed, fed around the clock, loved and tended since he arrived!  Let’s support them in this endeavor!

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