Dale Dye is a Marine officer who rose through the ranks to retire as a Captain after 21 years of service in war and peace. He is a distinguished graduate of Missouri Military Academy who enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly after graduation. Sent to war in Southeast Asia, he served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 through 1970 surviving 31 major combat operations. Appointed a Warrant Officer in 1976, he later converted his commission and was a Captain when he deployed to Beirut, Lebanon with the Multinational Force in 1982-83. He served in a variety of assignments around the world and along the way attained a degree in English Literature from the University of Maryland. Following retirement from active duty in 1984, he spent time in Central America, reporting and training troops for guerrilla warfare in El Salvador, Honduras, and Costa Rica. Upset with Hollywood's treatment of the American military, he went to Hollywood and established Warriors Inc., the preeminent military training and advisory service to the entertainment industry. He has worked on more than 50 movies and TV shows including several Academy Award and Emmy winning productions. He is a novelist, actor, director and show business innovator, who wanders between Los Angeles and Lockhart, Texas. The son of a US 8th Infantry Division veteran who fought in Normandy, Brittany and Germany, Tom Laemlein has always been fascinated by weaponry. However, it wasn't until his thirties that he purchased his first carbine which was the start of his collecting career. It also set him on his path with specialist titles aimed at weapon collectors and enthusiasts. His most recent successes have included the highly successful American Firepower Series.
"We have a new generation of combat veterans among us these
days. Men and women who carried a new generation of weapons to war
into places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, who have returned with a
fresh understanding about the crucial importance of small arms in
warfare. They understand...that there is no strategy or tactic that
equals victory in armed conflict if it does not include that muddy,
grimy, dog-tired infantryman with just his personal weapon to help
him survive in a life-and-death encounter."
- American Rifleman"It's an excellent book for anyone with an interest in the details of 20th-century infantry weapons, especially historians and collectors."