Retired Marine Capt. Dale Dye–whom we profiled in the cover story of the May/June issue—will receive the 2018 Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment in October. The prestigious honor is sponsored by the Medal of Honor Society, composed of Americans who have been awarded the nation’s highest award for valor in combat. Dye will receive the award at a gala in Dallas on October 13.
The Bob Hope Award was established in 2003 by President George W. Bush on the occasion of Hope’s 100th birthday. It honors an individual in the entertainment industry who has gone above and beyond to support the nation’s military. Dye—a Vietnam War veteran, a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, and a recipient of the VVA Excellence in the Arts award—will be recognized for his sterling body of work in the entertainment industry as an actor, author, director, and producer.
Dye is best known for reinventing military technical advising in Hollywood with his first movie, Platoon, in 1986. Since then, Dye who founded Warriors Inc., has been the go-to military adviser for top-flight filmmakers including Stone, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Barry Levinson, and a long list of others. Among many other films and TV shows, he has advised both cast and crew on Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and many more.
Past recipients of the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment include Gary Sinise, Bill Mauldin, Tom Selleck, Jon Voight, and Stephen Ambrose.