240th AHC 1967-1969
A man with a mission

Don 'Sully' Sullivan was a crew chief/doorgunner in the 240th AHC from 1967 to 1969. He was the crew chief for Major Glenn Hoffman, the second Greyhound 6, and when Major Hoffman left the unit, Sully went to crew and fly doorgunner in the Mad Dogs. According to his loving wife of 13 years, Mrs. Sullivan told us that Sully got mad at a teacher and left school in 1962 and then went to work at his dad's store. He then joined the army in 1966. Upon returning to civilian life, Sully got his GED, associate's and bachelor's degree from the Dallas Baptist University and attended the FBI Academy. Sully went on to work for Lockheed and in law enforcement as a city Marshall, deputy, investigator and assistant police chief. On December 25, 2004 Sully became seriously ill but with his strong character and spirit managed to survive until January 14th, 2005; the day after his 13th wedding anniversary. Sully is survived by his wife, two daughters, one step-daughter and a step-son. He was the love of Mrs. Sullivan's life and the only man in her heart and is surely missed strongly loved by her and their children. Rest in peace, Brother Sully, you are bound to be in Heaven because you spent your time in hell, a place called Vietnam.

Flightline would like to thank John Thrift and Patrick Dunn, both members of the 240th AHC and who are on the websites, LZ and Flightline, for sending the picture above and the text below. Both John and Pat have the utmost love and respect for Don "Sully" Sullivan and they wanted people to know how special of a man he was in the 240th and in life after Vietnam. The picture shows Doug Compton (left to right) and pilot Jeff Woodman. In the background is Don 'Sully' Sullivan, White Flight Platoon Sergeant and he is updating the duty/flight schedule on June 24th, 1968. Pat Dunn said, "Sully is taking my name down and putting up Taters for the C&C." Pat wanted to add one last thought about his 240th brother and life long friend, Sully. Pat stated he never called Sully sergeant because the night Sully took over White Flight Platoon he gave a short speech and told everyone to call him sergeant. Pat then said Sully looked him "dead in the eye" and said, "That don't include you, Pat, you've been here too long." John Thrift wanted me to make sure that Sherman Lyman was recognized for providing the picture above showing Sergeant Sullivan working the duty/flight schedule board. John Thrift added, "Sherman Lyman also had a lot of respect for Sergeant Sullivan."