212 CARAWAY LANE, CARY, NC 27519
1933, in Cambridge Massachusetts. Served
two periods of active duty with the United States Marine Corps.
During the Korean war period as a helicopter crew chief and
pilot, and in the Vietnam war primarily as a combat artist.
Parris Island and NATTC Memphis, Leahy served as a crew chief with
Marine Experimental Helicopter Squadron One, Quantico VA from 1950.
As a helicopter pilot, he served with HMR-363 in
MAG-36, Santa Ana CA; HMR-162 in MAG-16, Oppama Japan; HMR-161, DMZ
and Munsan-ni, Korea; VMO-1, HMR-261, HMR(M)-461 (Plank Owner), and
H&MS-26, MAG-26, MCAS New River NC; also Executive Flight
Detachment, HMX- I, Quantico VA and with HMR-772, NAS Willow Grove PA.
executive officer for the Marine Corps Combat Art Program (1967-1969),
Leahy completed two extended assignments to Vietnam to administer the
program and produce combat art. Incidentally
flew 73 missions as a helicopter machine gunner and was awarded the
Combat Action Ribbon and the Bronze Star with Combat 'V.'
Retired in 1980 as LtCol USMCR and served as a Department of
Defense Navy civilian manager. Dispatched
to Grenada by the Navy shortly after Operation Urgent Fury to visually
reconstruct combat action of U.S. Armed Forces through sketches and
Philadelphia University of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree in graphics. Instructed
with the Famous Artists Schools of Westport CT.
Provided documentary art for ABC-TV Network News, ABC-TV's
Nightline and the WASHINGTON POST. Work shown in Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit; selected as
Combat Artist of the Year 1969 by the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents
Association; one man art show at Air Expo, Dulles Airport.
Selected as an artist member of the American Society of Aviation
Artists. Art displayed in
Washington DC, the Pentagon, Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine, Vietnam,
Leatherneck, US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT and the Naval Institute.
Won DOD Thomas Jefferson award 1986 for art covering the 75th
Anniversary of Naval Aviation. Won
award in first National Naval Aviation Museum contest in Pensacola, FL
Mike Leahy passed away in 2010. Please contact Patricia Leahy