Badass Report: Sgt Reckless (the horse)

Today is a unique Badass Report… since this badass was not human.


Staff Sgt Reckless was a Marine Corp Horse that served a anti-tank recoilless rifle platoon of the 1st Marine Division, during the Korean War. Trained by gunnery Sgt Latham, Reckless was a fast learner, able to avoid getting tangled in barbed-wire, lay in a ditch when under fire, and run for a bunker when she heard the call “incoming”.

Sgt Reckless proved herself above all one bitter day in March in 1953 at the battle of Vegas Hill, one of the bloodiest 5 days of the war. In order to move the number of recoilless rifle rounds needed to the front, the Marines relied on Sgt Reckless to know her own way and carry ammo to the front by herself with no guide. She carried over 9000 pound of ammo that day in over 50 trips covering 35 miles total, also carrying the wounded out on the return trips. She was wounded twice, treated and kept going until the mission was complete.


For her bravery under fire and relentless efforts to serve her unit, Staff Sgt Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation, National Service Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze stars, and more. She also earned a monument both at Camp Pendleton, and in the National Marine Corp Museum, making her a true badass…

Horse statue for marien museum - pic #8

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Badass Report: Sgt. Day Turner

Another Badass Report! With some serious badassness…


On this day, Jan 8th in 1945, in Luxembourg, Sergeant Day Turner definitely earned the Medal of Honor and established himself as a Baddass. He commanded a 9-man squad and was tasked with holding a critical flank position. They were overwhelmed by German enemy who pounded them relentlessly with artillery, mortar, and rocket fire, forcing Sgt. Turner and his 9 men to withdraw to a nearby house to defend it.

The enemy repeatedly attacked them in the house, but was repulsed with heavy losses each time. The Germans wised up and brought in tank support and finally gained entrance to the house. Sgt Turner was now down to 3 men, his other 6 being dead or wounded, but still would not give up.

Continuing the fight he held room after room making the Germans pay for every step they took. He boldly flung a can of flaming oil at the attackers, dispersing them, then hitting them with fierce hand-to-hand encounters. He hurled hand grenades when he could, and bayoneted 2 Germans who rushed a doorway he was in. When out of ammo he used the enemy’s guns and ammo.

Amazingly he and his 3 men held the the house for 4 hours, and finally the enemy surrendered. Sgt. Turner and his 3 men took 25 prisoners, killed 11, and wounded many many more. His inspiring leadership, determination, and courage earned him the Medal of Honor.

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Small and Large Frame Pistols and the 22TCM, 5.7FN, and 7.62TOK

The majority of modern semi-auto pistols are built around the size envelope of the 9mm Luger cartridge. These 9mm Luger sized pistols are commonly referred to as Small Frame pistols. Other cartridges which fit small framed pistols are the 40SW, 357SIG, and 45GAP.

There are also Large Frame pistols which are most commonly found in 45ACP, although there other large frame cartridges such as the 38 Super Auto and 10mm Auto. The 22TCM, as originally designed, is a large frame cartridge developed specifically to work in the M1911 and its double stack variants.

Note that Larger Frame and Small Frame designations are separate from those that describe the overall size of a pistol such as Full Sized, Compact, Sub Compact, Government, Commander, Officer’s, etc.

As you can see in the attached image the 7.62 Tokarev is longer than the Large Framed 38 Super Auto and 22TCM cartridges. And the 5.7FN is longer still than the 7.62 Tokarev. The 7.62 Tokarev is just able to be shoved into in a Large Framed pistol’s 38 Super Auto magazine and function; provided one is willing to live with a few limitations. The 5.7FN is an absolute no-go in any and all small frame or large frame pistols.

The 22TCM was originally designed as a large frame cartridge. Rock Island Armory wanted to increase sales potential, and thus by loading a lighter, very short ogive bullet into the same case the 22TCM 9R variant was born. The 9R variant exists to fit within the magazines of the common small framed pistols on the market such as GLOCK 17, Beretta 92, etc.

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Badass Report: Staff Sgt Freeman Horner

Basically he freaked out the enemy when he decided he was bullet proof in the middle of a fire fight….


Another Badass report: On Nov 16th 1944 in Germany, Army Staff Sgt Freeman Horner earned the Medal of Honor. Basically he freaked out the enemy when he decided he was bullet proof in the middle of a fire fight. His company was pinned down in a flat, open field, still 100 yards from the objective, with crisscrossing Nazi machinegun fire from three locations. As they lay in the dirt, enemy artillery zeroed in on them and began pounding away, causing serious casualties. Horner decided this was going south fast if he didn’t do something to eliminate the machineguns. He stood up and ran straight toward them, weaving across the field. For some reason the Nazis couldn’t hit him. As he got closer, a previously unknown machinegun position opened up on him from the side. He spun while running, charged it and killed the machingunners, then turned back to continue toward the original emplacements, dodging as he ran. The Nazis were getting freaked out by their inability to hit him, and as he got closer they turned tail and ran to hide in the basement. S/Sgt Horner burst in, tossed grenades into the cellar, and captured the Germans left alive. Altogether, his bulletproof charge across the open fields resulted in several dead Nazis, a handful of POWs, and 3 machineguns out of commission. Freeman Horner was a true badass.

He later achieved the rank of Major and served in Korea as well. See more at

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Badass Report: PFC Joe M. Nishimoto

Mild-mannered Joe becomes a one-man army…

Another Badass Report: On Nov 7th, 1944 in France, the small and mild-mannered PFC Joe Nishimoto turned into a one-man army. For three days his company had been pinned, slowly fighting across a ridgeline confronting heavily entrenched German enemy. Many in his unit had fallen to continuous artillery and mortar attacks, booby traps, and mine-fields. Fed up, he took matters into his own hands. Crawling through the heavily mined area he attacked and destroyed the first machinegun emplacement with grenades, then circled around and eliminated another emplacement with his subgun at point blank. After charging two more enemy approaching on foot, he then assaulted and destroyed yet another machinegun emplacement. Having taken all the enemies strong points single-handedly, his unit was able to break the three day standoff and take the ridge. A badass was needed in this moment in the battle, and the mostly meek PFC Nishimoto stepped up and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Badass Report: King Badass Capt. “Mad” Jack Churchill

Just wow…

Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, called “Mad” Jack joined the Manchester Regiment of the British Army in 1926. After exploring the Indian subcontinent on a motorcycle for several years just ‘cuz, and learning bagpipes, he retired. He worked odd jobs and learned archery, but a guy like Mad Jack wasn’t happy as a civilian and re-joined as WWII was getting going. The battlefields of WWII were to prove his salt and earn him his nick name.

As the Germans pushed the French and Brits back to the sea at Dunkirk, Mad Jack refused to give in, fighting guerilla warfare, riding his motorcycle, with his bow on is back, swinging a giant Scottish broadsword! Despite being shot in the neck, he attacked German positions medieval style with his long bow and sword, basically freaking the Nazis out big time. He has the claim to fame of making the last recorded long bow kill in action.

Returning to England, he volunteered for the new group called the Commandos, sure he could fight more Germans that way. He assaulted many German positions in the Brit Special Forces, often playing the bagpipes while riding to battle, and leading the charge with his broadsword above his head.

He won many awards for bravery, one for attacking a much larger German force in Italy by leading his unit to surround the occupied town at night, then charging from every direction yelling “COMMANDOS” as loud as possible. With only 50 men they killed a pile o’ Germans, and took 136 prisoners.

One night he single-handedly took 42 German prisoners using only his sword! He basically snuck up on the Nazis, from foxhole to foxhole, skewering them with his sword or taking them captive. When asked how one man could do such a thing, he replied, “I maintain that, as long as you tell a German loudly and clearly what to do, if you are senior to him he will cry ‘jawohl’ (yes sir) and get on with it enthusiastically and efficiently whatever the situation.” – a true badass.

Eventually the Germans captured him. His whole team was killed or wounded and he was out of ammo (and missing his sword) so he just started playing the bagpipes until they captured him and threw him into Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Of course, being Mad Jack, he escaped and made it to the Baltic Sea, where he was recaptured and sent to an Austrian POW camp. Of course he escaped again, walking 150 miles through the Alps until he ran into US forces.

The war was ending in Europe, so naturally he went to Burma to keep fighting, but Japan surrendered before he got the chance. He reportedly said, “If it wasn’t for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years.”

Once WWII was over he didn’t want to get bored, so he trained as a paratrooper and went to fight Arabs in Palestine, finally retiring in 1959 and surfing the rest of his life.

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Badass Report: M/Sgt Ernest Kouma, US Army, Korea.

Singlehandedly killing 250 enemy…

Another Badass Report! Master Sergeant Ernest Kouma knew how to command his tank like a badass. He had operated one throughout WWII. Now in 1950, in the vicinity of Agok, Korea, Master Sgt Kouma earned the Medal of Honor, wielding his tank like a fortress.

It began around midnight Sept 1st when the North Korean enemy crossed the river and fiercely attacked, causing heavy casualties to US forces, and a retreat was ordered. M/Sgt Kouma and the other tanks were rear guard to cover the withdrawal. However the enemy kept advancing, overrunning or destroying all the other tanks involved. M/Sgt Kouma realized his tank was the lone obstacle left to the enemy onslaught. He chose to stand his ground alone. He held position all night, repeatedly fighting off the enemy. Standing atop his turret he fired the 50 cal mounted machine gun point blank into the enemy as they surrounded his tank on all sides. Out of 50BMG ammo, and wounded, he continued repelling the enemy attacks with grenades and pistol fire.

Finally after 9 hours there was a lull in the waves of enemy and he was able to withdraw his tank to friendly lines through 8 miles of enemy territory, during which he had to fight through 3 more hostile machine gun positions. It is estimated M/Sgt Kouma singlehandedly killed 250 enemy soldiers. His magnificent stand allowed his unit to pull back and regroup. Master Sgt Kouma was a true badass and worthy of the Medal of Honor.


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