History of Marine Observation Squadron Six: U.S. Marine Corps History, Aviation, Nicaragua, World War II, China, Korea, Helicopters, Pendleton, Vietnam Combat, Okinawa, Decommissioning - eBookCategory: Helicopter HistoryProfessionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this unique book which brings to light the achievements and contributions of individual squadrons to Marine aviation. Marine Observation Squadron 6 distinguished itself throughout a period which spanned nearly five decades and three major conflicts, but its most significant contribution to Marine aviation was its pioneering use of helicopters in combat. Lieutenant Colonel Gary W. Parker and Major Frank M. Batha, Jr., are co-authors of this history. Lieutenant Colonel Parker, who holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Baltimore and a master of arts degree from Pepperdine University, prepared the first draft of the manuscript. Major Batha, who has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Utah and a master of arts degree from the University of West Florida, prepared the comment edition and final draft. Both officers axe experienced helicopter pilots who served combat tours in Vietnam. It is our hope that this history will be read as a tribute to the men who have contributed to the accomplishments of the squadron.This history is written to provide a concise operational narrative about a distinguished Marine Corps unit. Marine Observation Squadron 6s wide variety of experiences closely parallels the larger story of Marine aviation. From the 1920s through the Vietnam era, VMO-6 provided the kind of outstanding air support Marines have come to expect.