Author Janet Barrett will discuss her book, They Called her Reckless

A true story of war, love and one extraordinary horse

Janet Barrett, author of They Called Her Reckless will discuss this true story about a group of U.S. Marines and a Mongolian Pony they named Reckless, Thursday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the Bigelow Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield. A light supper is available for $5 at 6 p.m.  Advance registration is required by calling 203-256-3166.

According to Barrett, “This is a true story of war, love and one extraordinary horse.” When the U.S. Marine Fifth Regiment’s Recoilless Rifle Platoon acquired a small pony to haul ammunition up the steep hills to the front lines, what they got was a real life hero, Reckless, the courageous and indomitable warhorse who stood with her buddies for two years during the Korean War, saving many lives, raising spirits, and winning the love and respect of all who knew her.  She was awarded two purple hearts for wounds sustained and became Sargent Reckless.

Ever the character, Reckless used to eat C-rations and mess hall chow, drink beer and an occasional whiskey, and on cold nights, slept with the men in their warm tents.  In late 1954, the men got their wish and Sargent Reckless sailed for California, received a hero’s welcome and a new life. In 2013, a 10 foot bronze statue of Reckless was erected at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA.

Bigelow Center is accessible for people who use assistive devices.

Reckless is the story of a real war horse who fought alongside a group of Marines in the Korean War.

Reckless is the story of a real war horse who fought alongside a group of Marines in the Korean War.

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