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.