From: China Lake, CA
Edited: I assumed the guy was writing to more than just Marines or former Marines. Unfortunately, I know I am not allowed to communicate in standard accepted Australian business terminology as would be considered profanity in America -but the guy deserves to know that he comes off as a F-wit.
Just want to clarify that this intolerance has been manifested by the poor use of an adverb by an old Marine...
For those interested or for any Americans out there that respect one's service to his country and might consider cutting him some slack...
Dale Dye was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on October 8, 1944. He graduated from the Missouri Military Academy as an Officer Cadet.
Lacking money for college, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1964 and was sent to Vietnam. He served in Vietnam as a Marine Correspondent from 1964-1965, and from 1967-1970, surviving 31 major combat operations. During the war he received a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts 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 Candidates School and was appointed a Warrant Officer in 1976. He later converted his commission and was made a Captain.
Dye was well-known in the tight-knit community of the Marine Combat Correspondents in Vietnam. It was fellow Marine correspondent Gustav Hasford who dubbed him "Daddy D.A" (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 (even 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.
In his book, Dispatches, journalist Michael Herr provides a vivid picture of Dye during the chaos of the Tet Offensive and the Battle of Huế:
"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 **** 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."
After serving as a Captain in the Beirut Peacekeeping Force in 1982-83, he served in a variety of positions and got his B.A. in English from the University of Maryland University College. From 1983-84, Dye worked for the magazine Soldier of Fortune in Central America as he trained troops in guerrilla warfare in the countries of El Salvador and Nicaragua...
I seriously doubt Dye would ever question the sacrifices of anyone who fought in the South Pacific. Everything he's done since starting Warrior Inc. has been top notch. Are we so nit-picky these days that something like this has to be flaunted so negatively in public? And from a fellow American at that?
And, yes after thoroughly reading the Blog, in about 5 minutes, it is fairly clear to me that though the site is open to the public a vast majority of the audience is probably American and a former, current, or future Marine. Or at least Dye thinks so.
Maybe we can see enough merit in the arguement, made by just about every historian whose picked up a pen(Kokoda Track not withstanding), that Guadalcanal was pivotal in turning the offensive nature of IJ operations, and forgive Capt. Dye what was surely a lapse in attention. Caught up in the moment perhaps? Minimally suffering a bit of nostalgia at seeing something so moving as men dressed in the period spilling forth onto the very beaches about which tomes have been written. But if he's anything like me, likely it's a welling of great pride in his lineage and those who not only came before him and made the ultimate sacrifice in desolate places FAR from home, but certainly also those whom he knew personally and did as much within sight of him during his own time.
You know I didn't start this post angry, but the more I think about it, it's just F-ing typical. Half our country puts every other country's feelings and well-being above our own coutrymen's, while the other half, offended by this, bury their heads in the sand and pretend all is well. This whole thread is a sad commentary on the State of our Nation...now I'm over reacting...what does this accomplish?
Hundreds sick with disease
1,768 dead (ground),
4,911 dead (naval),
420 dead (aircrew),
29 ships sunk,
615 aircraft destroyed
No, I am not belittling anyone's sacrifice. I am a Navy Man and the fact that more Navy men died at Guadalcanal than Marines doesn't offend me in the least. Maybe I am too patient, and understanding.
IN PERPETUUM SINGULARIS SEDES