Michael Stokey is the son of Emmy Award winning Mike Stokey of Pantomime
Quiz and Stump the Stars fame. In April 1966 he left Beverly Hills
and enlisted in the Marine Corps. After boot camp and Infantry Training he was
sent to Camp Lejeune for three months.
Not fond of
the spit-and-shine and brass routine of Stateside Marine Corps life, he
volunteered for Vietnam and was on his way that December, when he kept extending
until he was due to get out in April, 1969. There he was attached to the 1st
Marine Division Informational Services Office (ISO) as a combat correspondent.
He was on dozens of major operations including the 1968 TET Offensive in Hué
and the siege of Khe Sahn. During his many tours he was wounded three times and
awarded the Bronze Star for valor.
Much of his
time in Nam was spent with Dale Dye, a sergeant as was Stokey then, and Gustav
Hasford, who later wrote The Short-timers which was adapted by Stanley
Kubrick and renamed Full Metal Jacket. Dale Dye (Capt., USMC ret.) wrote
the novelization of Oliver Stone’s Platoon. And Stokey has had his
first novel optioned by Avon Books.
For the past
ten years, Stokey has written over 60 ½ hours for children’s animated
television, as well as serving as a Military Technical Advisor for numerous war
films including The Thin Red Line, Snow Falling on Cedars, Truman,
Born on the Fourth of July, Heaven and Earth, etc., often with his
long-time friend and partner, Dale Dye.
We are proud
to have a man like Michael Stokey as our friend.