Episode 35 - Capt. Dale Dye

DALE DYE was born in 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 United States 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 highly decorated including three Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. He spent 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before he was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School.

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 B.A. degree in English from the University of Maryland. DYE worked for a year at “Soldier of Fortune” Magazine when he finally decided to retire 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.


Bronze Star with “V” for Valor (Vietnam, 1968)
Three Purple Hearts
Meritorious Service Medal (Okinawa)
Two Navy Commendation Medals with Combat “V” Device (Vietnam and Beirut)
Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V” Device (Vietnam)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Combat Action Ribbon (Vietnam and Beirut)
Vietnamese Honor Medal 1st Class
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
Legionnaire, Order of Saint Maurice (Ancient and Honorable Order of Infantrymen)

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Recommended books:

Run Between the Raindrops - Dale Dye

Shake Davis File Series - Dale Dye

Duty and Dishonor - Dale Dye

Backbone - Julia Dye