As the NVMM prepares to present our second annual Pets and Vets Week on October 19 – 22, 2022, we are reading the fascinating story of Sergeant Reckless, the mare who became a U.S. Marine and is the only animal to officially hold a military rank. Just like every other enlisted Marine, Reckless started out as a private and had to earn her promotions. Known for her enormous appetite, determined work ethic and unbreakable bond with her fellow Marines, Sergeant Reckless epitomized the Marine Corps motto of Semper Fidelis – Ever Faithful.

Extend Your Learning:

Ask questions about this story.

  • Why were the U.S. Marines fighting in Korea?
  • What role did Sergeant Reckless and other horses play during the war?
  • Why was the horse named Reckless?

Learn more about the different Marine Corps Ranks.

Read our post from earlier this year about the Korean War.

Check out this website dedicated to Sergeant Reckless to learn more about the heroic mare!

Test your knowledge to find out what other animals have served in the military.

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