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Memorial Day is a day to remember those who fought for our country. I would first like to thank those who have served! We are grateful for your service.
We must also remember our animal sidekicks who have also served in battle for us today. There have been numerous horses over the years who have sacrificed their lives for our country. Some of which are famous.
Sergeant Reckless is a mare described to be “the most decorated warhorse in history.” She served in the Korean War where she was used to transport armory. With over 51 solo trips carrying a total of 9,000 pounds of ammunition uphill in the middle of battle, this mare earned her place in history. She was also the only horse in history to earn an official rank in the U.S. Marine Corps. Her story is an inspiration to all.
Comanche was a gelding used for the Battle of Little Bighorn. The majority of the unit passed away in the battle. Everyone assumed Comanche had, too. However, he was found a couple of days later, tired, dehydrated, and injured from the battle. After a long recovery, he was able to make a full recovery and could enjoy his retirement. When he passed away, his funeral received full military honors. Sergeant Reckless and Comanche were the only horses to have that.
Warrior was a gelding who served in World War I. He was honored with the PDSA Dickin medal in 2014 for his service. The PDSA Dickin Medal is the highest honor an animal could receive for its service in World War II, making Warrior the first animal to receive it for his work in World War I. He was described to be “the horse the Germans couldn’t kill” and served on the front line. May he always live in our memory!
Again, thank you to all of those who have served! Happy Memorial Day!
You can read about more famous war horses here!