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Sgt Reckless

Sgt  Reckless Author Robin Hutton
ISBN-10 9781621572756
Release 2014-07-28
Pages 368
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A New York Times Bestseller! From the racetrack to the battlefield—dauntless, fearless, and exemplar of Semper Fi—she was Reckless, "pride of the Marines." A Mongolian mare who was bred to be a racehorse, Ah-Chim-Hai, or Flame-of-the-Morning, belonged to a young boy named Kim-Huk-Moon. In order to pay for a prosthetic leg for his sister, Kim made the difficult decision to sell his beloved companion. Lieutenant Eric Pedersen purchased the bodacious mare and renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines she’d be joining. The four-legged equine braved minefields and hailing shrapnel to deliver ammunition to her division on the frontlines. In one day alone, performing fifty-one trips up and down treacherous terrain, covering a distance of over thirty-five miles, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, Reckless demonstrated her steadfast devotion to the Marines who had become her herd. Despite only measuring about thirteen hands high, this pint-sized equine became an American hero. Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts for her valor and was officially promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since. Author Robin Hutton has reignited excitement about this nearly forgotten legend, realizing the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, completed in July 2013, and now spurring the creation of a second memorial at Camp Pendleton, California, where Reckless lived out the rest of her days. The paperback edition includes a new foreword by General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. It will appeal to fans of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit, Elizabeth Letts' The Eighty Dollar Champion, and the feature film War Horse.

Sergeant Reckless

Sergeant Reckless Author Patricia McCormick
ISBN-10 0062292595
Release 2017-09-12
Pages 40
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The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little mare that became a marine. This is the first picture book from award-winning novelist Patricia McCormick, sumptuously illustrated by acclaimed artist Iacopo Bruno. When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled little mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever known. And one of the biggest appetites! Soon Reckless showed herself more than willing to carry ammunition too heavy for the soldiers to haul. As cannons thundered and shells flew through the air, she marched into battle—again and again—becoming the only animal ever to officially hold military rank and receive two Purple Hearts.


Reckless Author Andrew Geer
ISBN-10 154494165X
Release 2017-03-26
Pages 240
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Reckless, first published in 1955, is the heart-warming story of Reckless, a small horse whose faithful service to U.S. Marines during the Korean War boosted morale and made her a national hero. The book is in two parts, with the first describing the life of Reckless and her owner, a young Korean boy. Forced to sell his beloved horse due to family medical needs, Reckless (then named Flame-of-the-Morning) was purchased by Lieutenant Eric Pedersen, who renamed her Reckless for the Recoilless Rifle Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines she'd be joining. Part Two describes Reckless' service with the Marines as she carried ammunition, cable-wire and other supplies to frontline troops. She was wounded twice in battle, received two Purple Hearts, and was awarded the rank of staff sergeant. With the end of the war, Reckless was brought to the United States and retired to Camp Pendleton until her death in 1968. In honor of her service, in 2013 the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Monument was dedicated at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Included are 14 pages of photographs.

They Called Her Reckless

They Called Her Reckless Author Janet Barrett
ISBN-10 098980402X
Release 2013-10-23
Pages 200
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When the U.S. Marine 5th Regiment's Recoilless Rifle Platoon acquired a small Korean 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 fellow Marines for two years during the Korean War, saving many lives, raising spirits, and winning the love and respect of all who knew her.

Sgt Reckless the War Horse

Sgt  Reckless  the War Horse Author Melissa Higgins
ISBN-10 9781479554621
Release 2014-07-01
Pages 32
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"Simple text and full-color illustrations describe the true story of Staff Sergeant Reckless, the Korean War horse"--


Reckless Author Tom Clavin
ISBN-10 9780698137202
Release 2014-08-05
Pages 320
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From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Heart of Everything That Is, comes the unlikely story of a racehorse who truly became a war hero, beloved by the Marine Corps and decorated for bravery. Her Korean name was Ah-Chim-Hai—Flame-of-the-Morning. A four-year-old chestnut-colored Mongolian racehorse, she once amazed the crowds in Seoul with her remarkable speed. But when war shut down the tracks, the star racer was sold to an American Marine and trained to carry heavy loads of artillery shells across steep hills under a barrage of bullets and bombs. The Marines renamed her Reckless. Reckless soon proved fearless under fire, boldly marching alone through the fiery gauntlet, exposed to explosions and shrapnel. On some of her uphill treks, Reckless shielded human reinforcements. The Chinese, soon discovering the bravery of this magnificent animal, made a special effort to kill her. But Reckless never slowed. As months passed, the men came to appreciate her not just as a horse but as a fellow Marine.

Tank Sergeant

Tank Sergeant Author Ralph Zumbro
ISBN-10 9780671639457
Release 1988-01
Pages 256
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From tearing roads through the jungle to taking out Viet Cong positions, the author presents an eventful memoir of his year in the A Company, First Battalion tank company in Vietnam, the most highly decorated American unit in the war.

Gooch s Marines

Gooch s Marines Author Lou Giaffo
ISBN-10 9781434933997
Release 2013-05-15
Pages 292
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GOOCH¿S MARINES is a complete history of the United States Marine Corps, starting some forty years before the American Revolution, with a special regimental unit commissioned by colonial Governor William Gooch, under orders of King George II, to serve with the British Royal Marines, under the command of Lawrence Washington (elder half-brother of George Washington), in a campaign against the Spanish in the West Indies. Although they were formed in 1775, a year before the Declaration of Independence in 1776, they were not officially designated as U.S. Marines until commissioned by the Continental Congress and served as Continental U.S. Marines during the American Revolutionary War. The rest is history, as they established their military tradition, warriors generally conceded by military historians as second to none. It can also be said of U.S. Marine Corps that they were essentially the first U.S. Special Forces, selected originally for special assignments. They have prevailed in all of their military campaigns, despite the cost they¿ve had to pay in blood. The Marines proudly attribute this tradition to their superior command structure, starting with raw recruits in boot camp, along with its officer corps coming out of the U.S. Naval Academy, and ROTC college campuses. Some are selected from its enlisted ranks for U.S. Marine Corps Officer Training School, while others, who display leadership and courage under fire, are given battlefield commissions. About the Author: Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Lou Giaffo¿s life can be summed up in three words: art, teaching and writing. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years, Lou attended art school for three years. He then headed to New York City to pursue his career as a commercial artist. Lou enrolled in the local community college, Queensborough Community College for his associate¿s degree. He then went on to Queen¿s College, for his bachelor¿s degree, and then his mater¿s degree in education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, while working full-time as an art specialist. Lou considers his greatest accomplishment to be his son, Jason Lou Giaffo.

War Animals

War Animals Author Robin Hutton
ISBN-10 9781621577669
Release 2018-09-18
Pages 320
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Meet the forgotten members of the Greatest Generation. Today, war is a high-tech affair. The modern soldier relies on advanced weapons and communications technology as his essential support. But in World War II, soldiers relied on an entirely different kind of support—a kind of support soldiers have used since ancient times. Animals. Dogs, horses, and pigeons became World War II soldiers' best friends in battle, serving to carry weapons, wounded men, and messages through artillery fire. In War Animals, bestsellling author Robin Hutton brings the animal heroes of World War II to vivid life with the heroic true tales of: • Famed pigeon G.I. Joe, who saved an Italian village and British troops by flying 20 miles in 20 minutes to carry a message to Allied forces; • Chips, a German Shepherd trained as a sentry who attacked an Italian machine gun team, sustaining powder burns and saving his handler's life; • Bing, a paradog who jumped out of a plane on D-Day, landed in a tree, and once on the ground helped his handlers locate the enemy. A heartwarming and sometimes even hilarious history of bonafide heroes of feather and fur, War Animals is a World War II story you've never read before.

Smoke the Donkey

Smoke the Donkey Author Cate Folsom
ISBN-10 9781612348414
Release 2016-04-01
Pages 300
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On a U.S. military base near Fallujah in war-torn Iraq, Col. John Folsom woke up one morning to the sound of a small, scruffy donkey tied up outside his quarters. He was charmed by this scrawny animal with a plaintive expression. Folsom and his fellow Marines took in the donkey, built him a corral and shelter, and escorted him on daily walks. One night, hanging out with the Marines as they relaxed after work, the donkey snatched someone's lit cigarette and gobbled it up, to the laughter of all. Suddenly, the donkey had a name: Smoke. More than a conversation topic for troops connecting with families back home, Smoke served as mascot, ambassador, and battle buddy. Smoke the Donkey recounts the strong friendship between Colonel Folsom and this stray donkey and the massive challenges of reuniting Smoke with Folsom in the United States following Folsom's retirement. After being given to a local sheik, Smoke wandered the desert before Folsom rallied an international team to take him on a convoluted journey to his new home. The team won a protracted bureaucratic battle to move Smoke from Iraq to Turkey, only to face a tougher fight getting him out of Turkey. Once in the States, Smoke became a beloved therapy animal for both children and veterans. Smoke's story, while tinged with sadness, speaks to the enduring bond between a man and an animal, unbroken by war, distance, or red tape.

Sergeant Rex

Sergeant Rex Author Mike Dowling
ISBN-10 9781451635980
Release 2011-12-13
Pages 304
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“In Iraq we put our lives in each other’s hands (and paws) day after day. We took care of each other no matter what. Rex and I have a bond that will last for the rest of our born days. If ever there was a marine who lived up to Semper Fidelis, the motto of the Marine Corps, it’s Rex.” Deployed to Iraq’s infamous Triangle of Death in 2004, Sergeant Mike Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam. It was Rex’s job to sniff out weapons caches, suicide bombers, and IEDs, the devastating explosives that wreaked havoc on troops and civilians alike. It was Mike’s job to lead Rex into the heart of danger time and time again, always trusting Rex to bring them both back alive. Dowling had turned twenty-five and Rex three just after they arrived in Iraq. Neither of them had any idea what to expect, and no training could fully prepare them for this job. An animal lover since childhood, Dowling had fostered and trained dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and he was determined to serve in the military’s K9 unit after joining the Marines. On their first patrols in Iraq, Rex suffered a seemingly incurable fear of explosions and gunfire, but with Mike at the other end of his leash, Rex gained the courage to perform his duty. Filled with harrowing tales of knife-edge bomb-detection work, including an extraordinary baptism by fire, Sergeant Rex is a heart-pounding account of how an unbreakable human-canine bond helped Mike and Rex to stay focused on their mission and save countless lives. Dowling takes us into the searing 130-degree heat, the choking dust, and the ever-present threat of violent attack that seemed to permeate Iraq’s streets. We experience Dowling’s visceral fear of walking down an IED-laden alley where dismemberment or death can come with any footstep, only his trusted partner, Rex, by his side. Loyalty is one of the hallmarks of any good Marine, and nowhere is that quality more evident than in this astonishing account of Mike Dowling and Rex’s wartime experiences. A moving story of how a man and a dog developed complete trust in each other in the face of terrible adversity, Sergeant Rex is an unforgettable tale of sacrifice, courage, and love.

We All Look Different

We All Look Different Author Melissa Higgins
ISBN-10 9781429675765
Release 2012-01-01
Pages 24
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"Simple text and full-color photos celebrate differences in appearances"--Provided by publisher.

We All Come from Different Cultures

We All Come from Different Cultures Author Melissa Higgins
ISBN-10 9781429675772
Release 2012-01-01
Pages 24
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"Simple text and full-color photos explore and celebrate differences in cultures"--Provided by publisher.

The Perfect Horse

The Perfect Horse Author Elizabeth Letts
ISBN-10 9780345544810
Release 2016-08-23
Pages 400
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the remarkable story of the heroic rescue of priceless horses in the closing days of World War II In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find—his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine—an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the U.S. Army’s last great cavalrymen, Colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision—with General George Patton’s blessing—to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed’s small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses. Pulling together this multistranded story, Elizabeth Letts introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Alois Podhajsky, director of the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna, a former Olympic medalist who is forced to flee the bomb-ravaged Austrian capital with his entire stable in tow; Gustav Rau, Hitler’s imperious chief of horse breeding, a proponent of eugenics who dreams of genetically engineering the perfect warhorse for Germany; and Tom Stewart, a senator’s son who makes a daring moonlight ride on a white stallion to secure the farm’s surrender. A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, The Perfect Horse tells for the first time the full story of these events. Elizabeth Letts’s exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor. Praise for The Perfect Horse “Winningly readable . . . Letts captures both the personalities and the stakes of this daring mission with such a sharp ear for drama that the whole second half of the book reads like a WWII thriller dreamed up by Alan Furst or Len Deighton. . . . The right director could make a Hollywood classic out of this fairy tale.”—The Christian Science Monitor “Letts, a lifelong equestrienne, eloquently brings together the many facets of this unlikely, poignant story underscoring the love and respect of man for horses.”—Kirkus Reviews “The Perfect Horse raises the narrative bar. Applying her skills as a researcher, storyteller and horsewoman, Letts provides context that makes this account spellbinding.”—Culturess “The Perfect Horse is an enthralling and moving story that I could not put down. This is a riveting and unique perspective on World War II.”—Molly Guptill Manning, author of When Books Went to War “Passionately told and dazzling in scope, The Perfect Horse charges headlong into an unforgettable tale of World War II, when good men were given a final mission—to save beloved horses—at an hour when no one wanted to die. In Elizabeth Letts, the saga of World War II’s white stallions has found its perfect guardian.”—Adam Makos, author of A Higher Call “Elizabeth Letts’s beautiful prose, woven together with meticulous research, takes you for a ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.”—Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless

Scarlett the Cat to the Rescue

Scarlett the Cat to the Rescue Author Nancy Loewen
ISBN-10 9781479557622
Release 2014-07-01
Pages 32
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"Simple text and full-color illustrations describe the true story of Scarlett, the stray cat that famously saved her kittens from a Brooklyn garage fire"--

Stubby the Dog Soldier

Stubby the Dog Soldier Author Blake Hoena
ISBN-10 9781479584123
Pages 32
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A stray dog named Stubby braves the World War I battlefields alongside Private J. Robert Conroy. See the story unfold as this brave little canine makes a big difference in the lives of many World War I soldiers.


Sold Author Patricia McCormick
ISBN-10 9781484731673
Release 2015-01-13
Pages 272
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Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt—then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Lakshmi's life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother's words— Simply to endure is to triumph—and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision—will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life? Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.