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1. Camp Nelson Honor Guard
2. Honoring Women Vets
3. Aviation Heritage Park
4. Sergeant Reckless
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Jessamine County

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Camp Nelson Honor Guard

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Producer: Paul Smith
Videographers: Jaxon Combs, John Bacon, John Schroering
Audio: Roger Tremaine

Camp Nelson Honor Guard

An honor guard remembers a soldier's service, whether the battle was last week or decades ago. At hundreds of funerals each year, the Camp Nelson Honor Guard accompanies veterans to their final resting place at Camp Nelson National Cemetery with full military honors. The guard is among only three in the nation using caisson and riderless horse, symbolizing the soldier who will ride no more.

The guard honors the dead with a 21-gun salute, a folded U.S. flag, and cannon salute. Camp Nelson is the only honor guard in the nation providing a single-horse hearse for all active-duty military personnel and veterans. Rescued horses, chosen for their composure, are used for services.

The guard wears period Civil War style uniforms, in honor of the cemetery's history. The cemetery itself was opened in 1863 for African-American soldiers from the Union Army. When it became a national cemetery in 1868, hundreds of Civil War dead were re-buried here. Since then, thousands more from the nation's wars have come home to Camp Nelson.

Members of the Camp Nelson Honor Guard train at Arlington National Cemetery. Their ranks come from American Legion Man-O-War Post 8, volunteers in the community, and retired military personnel.


Morgan County

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Producer: John Schroering
Audio: Doug Collins

Honoring Women Vets

Of the thousands of monuments and statues honoring America's veterans, fewer than 10 are dedicated solely to the women who have served. Among those is a sculpture in West Liberty.

The Morgan County Woman's Club commissioned a bronze sculpture by artist Stephen Tirone of three service women. Tirone is a former Marine himself and a retired art professor at Morehead State University.

The sculpture, which stands in Tredway Memorial Park, represents the roles of women in the military in the past, present, and future. The past is represented by a World War II service woman holding a clipboard. A woman wearing combat fatigues represents the present, and the future is symbolized by a commander saluting the American flag in the park.

According to government figures, women make up 10 percent of all U.S. veterans, and about 15 percent of active-duty personnel.


Warren County

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Aviation Heritage Park

Producer: Matt Grimm
Field Audio: Sean Anderson
Photos provided by John Fleck

Aviation Heritage Park

Explore the rich history of military aviation with a visit to Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green. This memorial park, located at the entrance of Basil Griffin Park, honors the many distinguished aviators who have called south-central Kentucky home.

Our tour guide is Bowling Green native Dan Cherry, a retired brigadier general of the United States Air Force, who flew 295 combat missions and also commanded the Air Force Thunderbirds. The park features four aircraft: an F-4D Phantom II (flown by Cherry), an F9F-5 Panther, a T-33 Shooting Star, and the recently added Warhorse, an F-111 Aardvark.

Aviators with ties to this area include Victor Strahm, a World War I flying ace who downed five German planes; Mac Reynolds, commander/pilot of the Marine One helicopter unit for Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush; and Terry Wilcutt, mission commander for the space shuttle Atlantis.



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• Robin Hutton has a website dedicated to Sergeant Reckless

Producer: Tom Bickel
Videographer: Prentice Walker
Audio: Roger Tremaine

Sergeant Reckless

A Marine lieutenant purchased a chestnut Mongolian mare from a Korean boy at the Seoul Race Track in 1952 for use as a pack horse. So began the stellar military career of Sergeant Reckless, who won the hearts of the soldiers with her brave and steadfast service under fire.

In this excerpt from the upcoming KET documentary In Their Own Words: Kentucky Veterans of the Korean War, Paul Hammersley, a Korean War veteran from Bowling Green, talks about his experience serving with the horse.

The Marines used Sergeant Reckless to carry heavy ammunition to the front lines. During the Battle of Outpost Vegas in March 1953, she repeatedly crossed "no man's land," alone and unled, climbing steep mountain trails while under heavy fire. After the ammunition was unloaded, she then carried wounded soldiers down the mountains to safety.

Wounded twice herself, Sergeant Reckless received two Purple Hearts as well as other awards for her service. A statue at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center in Triangle, Virginia, honors her remarkable valor.


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