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Horse Haldalgo, representing life-saving US Marine horse Sergeant Reckless who served with the US Marine Corps during the Korean War, is awarded with the PDSA Dickin Medal watched by Sergeant Mark Gostling in London, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Reckless, who survived one of the bloodiest battles in modern military history, has today been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal – known as the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross – for her bravery and devotion to duty during the Korean war 1950 until 1953. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

US Marine Corps horse awarded posthumous medal for service during Korean War


U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Reckless received the United Kingdom's Dickin Medal. According to the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, the Dickin Medal is the equivalent of the Victoria Cross and is the highest award an animal can receive while serving in military conflict.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael Skaggs accepted the award on behalf of Reckless, who died in 1968. 

Photos courtesy the Associated Press. 

An American author nominated the brave horse for the award after writing a book about her life.

"Her story was erased from the pages of history," author Robin Hutton told ABC News. "And when I heard about the medal, I just knew she had to get it."

Reckless was purchased from a Korean man in 1952 and went on to carry ammunition for the anti-tank division of the 5th Marines, according to ABC News. 

The PSDA said Reckless learned to run for a bunker when she heard incoming artillery fire, and even ate along her fellow Marines in the mess tent. 

One of her most memorable efforts was making 51 trips to-and-from an ammunition supply point during a five-day battle in 1953. 

"She carried 386 rounds of ammunition, weighing over 9,000 pounds... up steep mountains with enemy fire coming in at a rate of 500 rounds per minute," the PSDA said in a statement to ABC. 

"There's no way to account for the number of lives she saved." the PSDA added. 

Body cam footage shows fearless officer rescuing a wounded mother and her children

For more news of the day, check out our 60 Second Circa for Thursday PM, July 28, 2016.

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