An Ounce

Staff Sergeant Reckless: The Unlikely Hero of the Korean War

July 28, 2023 Jim Fugate Season 6 Episode 30
An Ounce
Staff Sergeant Reckless: The Unlikely Hero of the Korean War
Show Notes

The Career of Staff Sergeant Reckless with the United States Marines Corps began in 1952. This soldiers' heritage went back to an unlikely origin – Mongolia. 

A bit smaller than most but smart, tough, and fast. Sgt Reckless was proven in battle during the Korean War. 

Reckless was assigned to a Recoilless Rifle Platoon, Anti-Tank Company, in the fifth Marine Regiment, and took on responsibilities in what we now call “logistics”. The Sgt moved supplies and ammunition to the front and evacuated casualties. 

In March 1953, Sgt Reckless preformed outstandingly well during the battle for outpost Vegas and was promoted to Corporal. 

During that battle, Reckless Made 50 trips to the front carrying critically needed supplies in, and wounded men out.  During the battle for outpost Vegas, fighting was so fierce that only two men made it out alive and without wounds. Reckless was wounded twice – but kept going. 

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