Bonnie-Sue: A Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam

By Marion F. Sturkey
Read by Dennis McKee

19.95 Hours 02/05/2000 unabridged
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Marine Corps helicopter crews and infantrymen found little glory waiting for them in faraway Vietnam. Instead, they found themselves battling tenacious Sino-Soviet pawns in a savage daily struggle for survival. Former Marine HMM-265 helicopter pilot Marion Sturkey combines fascinating detail with grim realism in this eloquent saga of Marines at war. Weaving actual military records together with personal accounts from the helicopter crews, he breathes life into the daily struggle of the soldier. Step through this unique looking-glass into the volatile crucible of combat in Vietnam. Taste the danger and fear, the madness and passion, and experience the love and brotherhood shared by the pilots and aircrewmen of the Bonnie-Sue. Their survival became their victory.

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Summary

Summary

Marine Corps helicopter crews and infantrymen found little glory waiting for them in faraway Vietnam. Instead, they found themselves battling tenacious Sino-Soviet pawns in a savage daily struggle for survival.

Former Marine HMM-265 helicopter pilot Marion Sturkey combines fascinating detail with grim realism in this eloquent saga of Marines at war. Weaving actual military records together with personal accounts from the helicopter crews, he breathes life into the daily struggle of the soldier.

Step through this unique looking-glass into the volatile crucible of combat in Vietnam. Taste the danger and fear, the madness and passion, and experience the love and brotherhood shared by the pilots and aircrewmen of the Bonnie-Sue.

Their survival became their victory.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“To date, there is no better book about the Marine helicopter war in Vietnam. It rises above the mud of war and takes the reader on a ride that is not only terrifying, but an inspiring mission with professional and courageous men.” Leatherneck Magazine
“Bonnie-Sue is one of the most compelling books about commitment and sacrifice by Marines for their fellow Marines during the 1960s. Every chapter contains poignant accounts of the courage, compassion, drama, humor, success, and tragedy associated with close combat…It should be read by all Marines.” Marine Corps Gazette
“Will appeal to fans of true-life adventure, students of war, and others who enjoy fast-moving narratives. McKee’s…voice rings with enthusiasm and he conveys the spirit of the moment.”  Kliatt

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Author Bio: Marion F. Sturkey

Marion Sturkey graduated as Cadet Regimental Commander of the Marine Corp in April 1964 and a recieved a Second Lieutenant commission. He joined HMM-265, the first squadron to fly the new Boeing H-46 helicopters. He and his Bonnie-Sue squadronmates landed in Vietnam in May 1966. The Marine Corps promoted Marion to the rank of Captain when he returned to the United States in 1967. He spent a year training new pilots to fly the H-46 in combat. After seven years of service he was released from active duty and spent twenty-seven years in the corporate world. He published Bonnie-Sue after eight years of research in 1996. He now lives in his original hometown, his beloved rural community of Plum Branch, South Carolina. He has written and published nine books.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 19.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English