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Bringing a Soldier's truth to the Hollywood Battlefield

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 If you're going to play a soldier in a film, there's a fellow who says he'll "make damn sure you look like one!" And he has done that for some great Hollywood productions.

Dale Dye is a 21 year veteran of the Marine Corps. He's also a 25 year veteran of Hollywood, and has been a force behind military-themed productions. He came to the Hollywood battlefield in 1985 with a mission to change the way military people were portrayed in war films. He started with Oliver Stone's film Platoon, and has gained respect for his job of bringing a soldier's truth to the stories.

 I admire Dye, although he's been critical of the movie industry for a long time. But I think it's constructive criticism. He says, "It's easy to criticize from the back row. So when i retired from active duty, I realized I had a chance to do something about it. As a former combat officer who's been shot more than once, I figured navigating the trenches in Hollywood would be a simple operation. I was wrong."  The impact he has had in the way soldiers are seen on the screen is impressive. Dye's stamp is on such great military films as Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and others. About 40 films in total, plus television projects.

 He's the go-to-guy for combat films, but Dye says he's on a new mission. He has dedicated himself to finding and promoting books that accurately portray military men and women in life and the service of their country through his literary imprint Warriors Publishing. And his latest book is "Peleliu File." We bet it would make a great movie.

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