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By Eileen Longhi

Do you enjoy books about horses? Would you like to learn more about the Korean War, often referred to as the “forgotten war?” A special horse and the war come together at the Lunch for the Mind March program. The Civic Engagement Education Team welcomes author Janet Barrett’s discussion of the fascinating story: They Called Her Reckless: A True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse at the Granby Senior Center on Wednesday, March 15, at 12:30 p.m.
The story begins in Oct. 1952 when a Marine lieutenant decided his unit needed a horse to help carry heavy shells from ammo dumps to their firing positions. Reckless became a hero and legend in March 1953 carrying more than 9,000 shells in 51 trips over three days and also getting slightly wounded. Barrett’s book reveals, “Reckless was an extrovert whose antics delighted the war-weary Marines, such as her stealing food, Goebel beer and mess hall chow and, when she could snatch one, cigarettes from her admirers.” Her unofficial epitaph has become, “She was no horse—She was a Marine!”

When Barrett first heard the story of Reckless, she knew she would write the book. She has been fascinated by horses all her life and for 25 years she rode, owned and cared for them. At one time she had a company, Horses for Courses, which booked horses for print and TV ads. Barrett has also written about health, sports and education as well as written for TV, radio and the public relations field. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Communications. Copies of the book about this amazing warhorse will be for sale after the program. Please register by calling 860-844-5352. Cost is $5. Bring your own lunch. Beverage and dessert provided.