Hollywood, both the movies and television, have always loved WW2 and when it comes to portraying the American GI there has been no shortage of great actors ready to represent them on the big screen and the little one too...Among those portrayals there is usually the rough, tough and occasionally gruff sergeant who is firm but fair with the men under his command...Think of Sgt. Horvath in “Saving Pvt. Ryan” or Sgt. Chip Saunders in “COMBAT” and you get the idea. Here is our little tribute to the fictional “non-coms” as well as all the real ones! “Tommy Gun” resting on the hip and watching out for his men “The Sarge” is ready for combat!
Capt. Dale Dye.... Weapons Training
As many of you war movie buffs know Capt. Dale Dye USMC ret’d has carved out a unique place for himself in the film world. He has worked both behind and in front of the cameras on such outstanding movies and TV series as “Platoon”...”Born on the Fourth of July”...”Band of Brothers”...”The Pacific” and, of course, “Saving Pvt. Ryan” to name but a handful. He’s also a good friend of myself and K&C and was one of our very special “Guests of Honour” at the last “Texas Toy Soldier Show”. Capt. Dye’s military contribution to making many of these fine films and series more accurate and realistic is considerable and widely praised. Here at K&C we wanted to say “thank you” for Dale’s work in our own small way and here it is... We based our figure on several photos taken during the production of “Saving Pvt. Ryan” where Capt. Dye was instructing the main actors and some of the principal extras on the correct use and safe handling of real weapons...Including in this case the M1 carbine. Capt. Dye