This Veteran’s Day weekend the staff at Nelson Manufacturing commend the men, women, horses and other service animals for their significant contributions towards our freedom and world peace.
Throughout our human history, horses have been serving in military operations across the world. Even as recent as the war in Afghanistan, local horses transported military personnel through the rough terrains where army vehicles could not go. They are often considered unsung heroes of many wars and operations and today we salute their contributed service for the safety and assistance they have provided to our troops and our country.
Service and Sacrifice
Horses have long been serving in military calvaries, moving artillery and supplies, and walking fallen soldiers to their final resting locations. They have served on the front lines and bravely fought amongst their fellow comrades and from behind to support their troops. Below are a few horses famously named for their commitment and service:
- Sargent Reckless
Trained to disregard the sounds of war, Sargent Reckless courageously brought ammunition supplies back and forth to her soldiers. Watch a video about her life and service.
- Warrior, The Horse the Germans Couldn’t Kill
During WWI, General Jack Seely and his war horse Warrior, fought on the Western Front for four years, escaping death countless times. Courageous and fast, Warrior was indeed a survivor. Learn more about Warrior.
- Black Jack
This famous Quartermaster served as the riderless horse in the processions for thousands of fallen soldiers and Presidents John F. Kennedy, Herbert Hoover and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Throughout WWI, millions of horses lost their lives and hundreds of thousands more were wounded or killed during WWII. As artillary technology progressed, horses were drawn back to help in transporting supplies (though still hard conditions for anyone to bear).
The Light Side of Horses and Their Soldiers
I believe that every soldier who has anything to do with horse or mule has come to love them for what they are and the grand work they have done and are doing in and out of the death zones.
– Captain Sidney Galtrey, autumn 1918
Though many soldiers enter the service without experience with horses, they often share a bond with them throughout their serving terms. Seen to the right, retiring army horse Thomas, leaves Troop Leader Captain Charlie FitzRoy of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment of England with a sentimental goodbye kiss. Read more about Thomas’s famous farewell salute.
Dignified and Dedicated: Horses of The Old Guard
Horses and servicemen of the Caisson Platoon undergo rigorous training for the honorable and solemn duty of processing fallen soldiers to the Arlington National Cemetery. Horses in this Platoon understand that this is no ordinary procession and march ahead with grace and control.
Learn more about the Caisson Platoon.