A. Michael Leahy
Combat Art    by A. Michael Leahy
Retired USMCR helicopter crew chief, pilot and combat artist

About the Artist


About the Artist
Order Form
Duty First
Perkins Awarded MOH
Emergency Extract
Hot Recon Team Extract
Gunner's Lot
The Cost Was High
A Shau Recon
Guardian Angel
Rockpile Resupply
Foster Night Medevac
Jump Takeoff Near An Hoa
Aircrew At Work
Eversharp One Charlie
Iwo Jima: Common Virtue
Pickling a Load at Con Thien
Medina Medevac
Bronco at Thuong Duc
Mutter Medevac
HMX-1 Helicopters
Marine One
AH-1G (Cobra)
CH-37 (Deuce)
The Hootch Links





Born 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.

After 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.

As 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 paintings.

Graduated: 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 during 1993.

Mike Leahy passed away in 2010. Please contact Jim Leahy



All art copyrighted. Frames not included with art.  Not to be reproduced without written permission of artist