• by Marion F. Sturkey
  • Narrated by Dennis McKee
  • 19 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Author Marion F. Sturkey, a former Marine "Bonnie-Sue" HMM-265 helicopter pilot, combines fascinating detail with grim realism in this eloquent saga of Marines at war. Weaving actual military records 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".


What the Critics Say

"This is our story, told some twenty to thirty years later, but as chilling and touching to us who were there as if it took place yesterday." (Marine Corps Aviation Association)
"The detailed history of the Marine helicopter pilot has never been written in such a hard, cold-steel, factual way as this great book reveals." (Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association)


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Customer Reviews

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Bonnie-Sue (Unabridged)

I am a Marine Recon Veteran familiar with the areas of operation written about and the units involved. The narrative is so well crafted that I could smell the jet fuel, feel the vibrations and the deafening sound inside the 46s. After visiting the Bonnie-Sue website I could also see the faces of the men involved. I especially appreciated the after action reports as they described the action in the dry terse terms of Marine Corps History.
Semper Fi
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- Peter

Bonnie Sue

I found this to be an interesting book to listen to, it not only discribed the danger of the Chopper pilots but also the grunts and Recon teams that they flew all over Nam. It also describes the willingness to risk their lives to help the Grunts on the ground. Thats what it was really like. I am a Viet Nam Vet, and I was in Recon. These Pilots could fly. It was a feeling like no other. Listen to this book.
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- Charles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.