|Born||Dale Adam Dye, Jr.
October 8, 1944
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S.
|Occupation||Marine, actor, technical adviser, radio host|
|Years active||1964 – 84|
|Spouse(s)||GySgt Margaret Chavez (?-1979) (divorced) (3 sons)
Kathryn Clayton (1983-?) (divorced) (1 daughter)
Julia Dye (2006-present)
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1964 – 1984|
|Unit||1st Marine Division:
1st Battalion 5th Marines
2nd Battalion, 5th Marines
2nd Battalion, 1st Marines
|Awards||Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"
Purple Heart Medal (3)
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2) with Combat "V"
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat "V"
Combat Action Ribbon (2)
Dale Adam Dye, Jr. (born October 8, 1944) is an American author, actor, technical adviser, presenter, businessman, and retired United States Marine Corps captain who served in combat during the Vietnam War. Dye enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from high school. He became a combat correspondent and while recuperating from a wound accompanied 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines on an operation. During the mission he rescued several individuals while under fire and was awarded the Bronze Star. After 13 years he was made a Warrant Officer and later received an officer's commission.
After retiring, Dye moved to Los Angeles with the goal of helping Hollywood films depict battle more accurately. He has served as a technical adviser for a number of films and acted in many movies as well. His company is the top technical adviser to Hollywood. He has also contributed his expertise and voice to video games.
Early life and Marine service
Dye was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and is the son of Della Grace (Koehler) and Dale Adam Dye, Sr. His father was a liquor salesman in and around St. Louis and took Dale with him as he visited working-class taverns. There he heard war stories from World War II veterans. One particular story about man-to-man fighting told by a Marine who said he had fought in the South Pacific arrested Dale's attention. He looked up the Battle of Iwo Jima that night and made up his mind to become a Marine.
But his father committed suicide when he was 13. His mother couldn't take care of him and he was shuttled from relative to relative. In the fifth grade he attended St. Joseph's Military Academy in Chicago and then attended high school at Missouri Military Academy in Missouri, graduating as a cadet officer. Dye wanted to attend Annapolis, but he failed the entrance exam three times. While he scored high on his English skills, his math and science skills were weak. Lacking the money to attend college, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1964.
Service in Vietnam
Dye's unit was among the first to deploy to Vietnam. Officers in his unit noticed his keen observational skills and literary interest and encouraged him to reclassify as a combat correspondent. He became one of a very few Marine combat correspondents. He sent stories to military publications and to the home town newspapers of fellow Marines. As a correspondent, he saw more battle than many low-ranking infantrymen. Dye developed an immense respect for the grunts who took the brunt of any action.
Dye was wounded during the Tet Offensive in 1968. While recuperating in a rear area, the 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines, a unit he had traveled with previously, was preparing for Operation Ford. Dye persuaded them to let him accompany them as a war correspondent. During the next week, the unit engaged in a number of fire fights with NVA units. On 18 March 1968, Dye replaced an assistant machine gunner who had been killed. The position was isolated forward of the remainder of the unit. Although wounded, Dye exposed himself to "intense enemy fire" and retrieved ammunition to supply the machine gun, and helped hold off a superior enemy force throughout a night-long battle. During other engagements, he exposed himself to enemy fire and rescued several wounded soldiers, including a medical corpsman. As a result of his actions, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for heroism.
"Dye's heart is with the grunts," says Bob Rea, who worked with Dye as a combat correspondent during the worst of Tet. "He feels like he owes something to those people. He is a grunt wannabe."
During three tours of duty in Vietnam, he participated in 31 combat operations. During his 1967 to 1968 and 1969 to 1970 tours of duty, he was attached to different battalions of the 1st Marine Division.
Promotion and later service
Dye spent a total of 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before being appointed a Warrant Officer in 1976. This led to Dye receiving a commission as an officer, also known as being a "mustang." (An individual who is promoted from enlisted ranks to an officer is known as a mustang.) While he was Captain he was deployed to Beirut for duty with the Multinational Force in Lebanon in 1982 and 1983. Shortly after his return, the Marine barracks were attacked and 241 Americans died.
Fellow Marine correspondent Gustav Hasford dubbed him "Daddy D.A" (as he was among the oldest of the correspondents) and included him as a character in his first semi-autobiographical Vietnam novel, The Short-Timers, and more extensively in his second, The Phantom Blooper. The movie based on Hasford's first novel, Full Metal Jacket, included the "Daddy D.A" character (played by Keith Hodiak), though neither the character nor Dye's name is explicitly mentioned in the dialogue.
And there was a Marine correspondent, Sergeant Dale Dye, who sat with a tall yellow flower sticking out of his helmet cover, a really outstanding target. He was rolling his eyes around and saying, 'Oh yes, oh yes, Charlie's got his shit together here, this will be bad," and smiling happily. It was the same smile I saw a week later when a sniper's bullet tore up a wall two inches above his head, odd cause for amusement in anyone but a grunt.
Dye retired from the Marines in 1984 and founded Warriors, Inc. The company specializes in training actors in war films to portray their roles realistically and provides research, planning, staging, and on-set consultation for directors and other film production personnel. His company is the top military consultant to Hollywood.
While on active duty, Dye was a combat correspondent and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland. After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1984, Dye became a correspondent for Soldier of Fortune Magazine. He worked for the magazine for one year during which he worked in Central America, providing guerrilla warfare training to troops in El Salvador and Nicaragua while reporting on conflicts in the region.
Dye has written a number of novels, including Run Between The Raindrops (1985, also published as Citadel) and Conduct Unbecoming (1992). In addition he wrote the novelization of the film Platoon. Dye, along with wife Julia and comic book artist Gerry Kissell created one of 2011's critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novels, Code Word: Geronimo, for publisher IDW Publishing, that tells the story of the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's compound.
- Dye, Dale. Run Between the Raindrops (paperback ed.). Warriors Publishing Group. p. 254. ISBN 0989798372.
- Dye, Dale. Contra File. Warriors Publishing Group. p. 302. ISBN 978-0989798341.
Dye was determined to improve the realism in how Hollywood depicted battle. He offered his services to a number of directors but was only successful when he pitched to fellow Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone a plan to put actors through a mock boot camp before production of the movie Platoon. Dye put the principal actors—including Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker—through an immersive 30-day military-style training regimen. He limited how much food and water they could drink and eat and when the actors slept, fired blanks to keep the tired actors awake. Dye also had a small role as Captain Harris. He also wrote the novelization based on Oliver Stone's screenplay.
After Platoons' critical success, Dye played a role in the movie Casualties of War and also played Colonel Robert F. Sink in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, on which his company also worked. Dye also worked as a military technical adviser on the HBO companion piece to Band of Brothers, the ten-part mini-series The Pacific, which was shot in Australia.
He appeared in Outbreak portraying Lieutenant Colonel Briggs, a US Army officer. He plays Theodore Roosevelt's superior officer, Colonel Leonard Wood, in the TNT miniseries Rough Riders. He has a small role in Saving Private Ryan as an aide to General George Catlett Marshall as well as a role playing the Admiral's aide, Captain Garza, in Under Siege and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. He had another small role in Spy Game as Commander Wiley during the rescue sequence, in Mission Impossible as Frank Barnes of CIA, in JFK as General Y, and in Starship Troopers as a high-ranking officer in the aftermath of the Brain Bug capture. Dye played himself in Entourage, teaching Vince to scuba dive in preparation for his role in Aquaman. He appeared in the 2011 Tom Hanks film Larry Crowne. He was the technical adviser for the 1994 Oliver Stone movie Natural Born Killers.
Dye played Col. Porter in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies from 2011 to 2013. As of 2015[update] he was preparing to direct two films, No Better Place to Die, which he wrote, and Citizen Soldiers.
During the Second Gulf War, Dye was hired as a military commentator by radio station KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles and given a two-hour radio show. He hosted The History Channel's documentary series The Conquerors. Dye consulted during development of the Medal of Honor video games series. He was featured in two tracks on Hoobastank's CD Every Man for Himself. Dye voiced Colonel Robert F. Sink in the Brothers In Arms video game series.
Military decorations and awards
Dye's military awards include:
|Invaders from Mars||Squad Leader|
|Born on the Fourth of July||Infantry Col.|
|Casualties of War||Capt. Hill|
|The Favorite||French officer|
|Fire Birds||A.K. McNeil|
|The Fourth War||Sgt. Ma.|
|Servants of Twilight||Police officer|
|1992||Under Siege||Capt. Nick Garza|
|1993||Heaven & Earth||Larry|
|Guarding Tess||Charles Ivy|
|Natural Born Killers||Dale Wrigley|
|Blue Sky||Col. Mike Anwalt|
|The Puppet Masters||Brande|
|1995||Outbreak||Lt. Col. Briggs|
|Under Siege 2: Dark Territory||Capt. Nick Garza|
|1996||Sgt. Bilko||First Engineer|
|Mission: Impossible||Frank Barnes|
|1997||Trial and Error||Dr. Stone|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||War Dept. Colonel|
|1999||A Table for One||Vernon Harpwood|
|2000||Rules of Engagement||Gen. Perry|
|2001||Spy Game||Cdr. Wiley|
|2003||Missing Brendan||Gen. Temekin|
|2005||The Great Raid||Gen. Kreuger|
|2007||Music Within||Capt. Ruzicka|
|2010||Knight and Day||Frank Jenkins|
|2014||Planes: Fire & Rescue||Cabbie (voice)|
|2016||Range 15||President Mattis|
|1987||Billionaire Boys Club||Defense attorney|
|1988||Supercarrier||Capt. Henry K. 'Hank' Madigan|
|Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed Set||Assistant Director|
|1989||The Neon Empire||Chief Bates|
|1990||The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson||Supporting role in TV movie|
|1991||Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis||Maj. Green|
|L.A. Law||Guest star on Episode 5.11 Rest in Pieces|
|1992||Raven||Col. Paul David Mackay|
|Dead On: Relentless II||Capt. Rivers|
|1995||JAG||Sgt. Maj. Hollis|
|1996||Space: Above and Beyond||Maj. Jack Colquitt|
|Within the Rock||General Hurst|
|1997||Rough Riders||Col. Leonard Wood|
|1998||Seven Days||Gen. Cole|
|Operation Delta Force 2: Mayday||Capt. Halsey Lang|
|JAG||Col. Bill Cobb|
|1999||Air America||Capt. Gage|
|Mutiny||Supporting role in TV movie|
|2000||The Others||Capt. Ken Radley|
|2001||Band of Brothers||Col. Robert Sink|
|2003||44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out||SWAT Lt.|
|2006||Las Vegas||Sgt. Burn|
|Commander in Chief||Gen. Peter Allyson|
|2007||The Loop||Ralph Somkin|
|2010||Cold Case||Al Wasserlauf|
|Entourage||Firearms Instructor / Scuba Instructor|
|2011 – 2013||Falling Skies||General Porter|
|2003||Medal of Honor: Rising Sun||Sgt. Jack "Gunny" Lauton|
|2005||Battlefield 2: Modern Combat||Lt. Col. Robert "Bob" Scott|
|2007||Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway||Col. Robert Sink|
- Dale Dye at the Internet Movie Database
- "Dale Dye Biography (1944-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
- DE JONGE, PETER (November 13, 2005). "Dale Dye Will Make a Man Out of You". New York Times.
- "Dale Dye Is Hollywood’s Drill Sergeant". Retrieved 8 April 2015.
- Szoldra, Paul (March 26, 2015). "Here’s how Hollywood legend Dale Dye earned the Bronze Star for heroism in Vietnamm". Retrieved 8 April 2015.
- Dale Dye Biography at the Internet Movie Database
- Herr, Michael (1991). Dispatches (1st Vintage International ed.). New York: Vintage Books. pp. 73–74. ISBN 978-0679735250.
- "Dale Dye Biography". daledye.com. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
- The Pacific at the Internet Movie Database
- The Conquerors at the Internet Movie Database
- Medal of Honor at the Internet Movie Database
- Rierson, Richard (March 14, 2013). "26 – Dale Dye: Author, Actor, Founder of Warriors, Inc.". Dose of Leadership. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
- Herr, Michael (1977). "Chapter 2: Hell Sucks". Dispatches. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 70–85.