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Inside Marine One: Four U.S. Presidents, One…

Inside Marine One: Four U.S. Presidents, One Proud Marine, and the World's…

by Ray L'Heureux

Other authors: Lee Kelley

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Col. Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux is a really cool person. Not that I know him personally but I feel like I did get to know him in this book. I would want to hang out with him. This book gave the right mixture of the past with Col. Ray’s childhood and how he joined the military with the present and his job as a helicopter pilot for Marine One.

While Col. Ray does a good job of not getting into politics and where he stands, which I can only imagine would be tricky to maneuver around when you have a different boss every four years. I did notice clear differences in the Bush’s and Clinton, and Obama. The Bush’s seemed really friend…people person. Like when George W. Bush was at Camp David and he played volley ball with the staff or took Col. Ray on a long mountain bike ride. He seemed like just a regular person. Whereas, I did not get this feeling when I read about Clinton or Obama. They seemed to be more above the people. Also, I think some of this had to do with the fact they did not have any military experience so they did not know how to show respect. I liked getting this inside look into Marine One. ( )
  Cherylk | May 7, 2014 |
More of a memoir than an autobiography, Colonel L'Heureux tells of his ascendency to the helm of the elite MHX-1 group responsible for the coordination of transportation for the President of the United States in Marine Helicopter One and his special relationship with former President George W. Bush. Written in a "gee whiz" manner with the utmost respect for his responsibilities and command, L'Heureux typifies the mission objectives of the Marine Corps. I was expecting from the title, perhaps, for a bit more detail on what makes the Marine One helicopter special, but came away with the sense that it is the staff, not the machine.

This was received as a pre-publication copy from the publisher in Kindle format in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  mldavis2 | Mar 7, 2014 |
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Col. Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux always dreamed of bring a pilot. Growing up, he built airplane models and dreamed about soaring over the earth. When he was twelve, his mom treated him to a flying lesson at the local airfield. Taken on a short flight by an instructor and allowed to operate the controls for part of the flight, he was hooked forever. It wasn't until he was running low on college funds and saw a recruiter at his college that he joined the Marines and began the journey towards his dream from Parris Island to Bravo Company and, then, officer training school. One day at an airfield when President Reagan landed on this way to a fundraiser, Frenchy's life changed forever when encountered HMX1, the squadron that flies the President in Marine One. When he saw the white-topped Sea King and White Hawk helicopters, he was determined to become part of that elite group. Inside Marine One is Col. L'Heureux's inspiring story of a young man who dreamed of flying, trained, studied and worked hard to become the pilot who ended up serving four US Presidents - George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. It's also a personal guided tour inside the world's most famous helicopter by a man who knows that flying machine better than any other. Inside Marine One is a great American success story of a young boy who dreamed big, worked hard and finally flew the President of the United States as his number one passenger.… (more)

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