Captian Dale A. Dye, USMC
We had a secret in those
fast, hard times, 67-68 in The Nam, didn't we, Gus? Huh? There
it was...and there it is, right? We knew there was something inside
that had to come out and the war was gonna make it happen for both of us.
You, the reluctant, wandering hobo of the war, and me, the Lifer gone astray
among the Snuffies, who wanted to taste, feel and smell so he'd never be
a boot again. We knew it right off when you mentioned Hemingway over warm
beers and I quoted the line about war being man's greatest adventure. We
knew we were kindred spirits, perhaps more closely akin than others in
our little gaggle of lusthogs, didn't we?
from his tribute
I don't look at his face.
Daddy D.A. is a recruiting poster Marine, with a square chin, steel-gray
hair, and a neatly trimmed mustache. But now his face is oily with
sweat and contorted. His eyes are wild. He looks like a drunk
who's about to cry. But he won't.
Daddy D.A. is a lifer,
a career Marine, but he only just decided to be one, so he's still almost
human. And since Donlon rotated back to the World and I lost
my last link with reality, Daddy D.A. has been my best friend.
I'm afraid to die alone,
but even more afraid to go home . . .
"There it is."
Daddy D.A. nods. "There it is. Sorry 'bout that." He
I say, "Want a cold
on your last," says Daddy D.A., looking up, brightening. "I sure
could use one."
I say, "Well, when
you find some slack, D.A., you be sure to souvenir a big piece for me."
For the Vietnam War sequences,
Dye, himself a Vietnam combat veteran, did more than toughen the actors
physically. "I had to reach inside their hearts and tell them what we were
like in 1968 when we were 20 years old -- what our attitudes were, what
seeing that war and that brutality did to us, what it felt like to go for
long periods of having nothing and being exhausted all the time and being
covered with jungle sores. I had to do this because anytime you lie on
a screen, you've done a disservice to America's fighting men and the 58,000
Americans who fell in Vietnam, and I won't allow that."
--from the official RULES
of ENGAGEMENT web site
Dye on the set of Saving
Photo from the
film's official web site
Dye in pre-production for
The Last of the Mohicans
Photo from MOHICAN
Dye conducting weapons
training on the set of Terminator 2
Photo from Entertainer
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