Dale Dye is an American author, actor, presenter, businessman, and retired United States Marine Corps captain who served in combat during the Vietnam War.
Dale Dye is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He graduated as a cadet officer from Missouri Military Academy, but there was no money for college, so he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1964. He served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 through 1970, surviving 31 major combat operations. He emerged from Southeast Asia with numerous decorations, including a Bronze Star for valor and three Purple Heart medals for wounds suffered in combat. He spent 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to the rank of master sergeant. He was chosen to attend officer candidate school and was appointed a warrant officer in 1976. He later converted his commission and was a captain when he was sent to Beirut with the multinational peacekeeping force in 1982-83. He served in a variety of assignments around the world and along the way managed to graduate with a BA degree in English from the University of Maryland. Dye worked for a year at Soldier of Fortune magazine after his retirement in 1984. He spent time in Central America, reporting and training troops in guerrilla warfare techniques in both El Salvador and Nicaragua before leaving the magazine in 1985 and heading for Hollywood. He is the founder and principal of Warriors, Inc., which provides technical advisory services to the entertainment industry worldwide. Services included performer training, research, planning, staging and on-set advisory for directors and other key production personnel.
Dale was behind the Oscar-winning performances in the movie Platoon and dozens of other Hollywood films including: Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Tropic Thunder, Born On The Fourth Of July, and HBO’s Band of Brothers and The Pacific. He has also acted in 70+ movies and his unmistakeably gritty Gunnery Sergeant voice can be heard on the Medal of Honor video game franchise.