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How Can You Mend This Purple Heart
(based on the book by Terry Gould)
It was early September, 1968, and like thousands of kids his age, Jeremy Shoff couldn’t wait to get the next four years of his young life out of the way. A few months earlier he had made a verbal commitment to join the Marines, and the jungles of Vietnam were waiting. But somewhere between the 2-S student deferment, the ensuing fist fight with his old man, and the love-making with his flower-child girlfriend, he gave up on the Marines. Jeremy Shoff settled for a four-year stint in the Navy. If he wasn’t going to Vietnam as a Marine, he may as well float around the world on some boat. On a warm, Maryland day in May, 1969, nine months after leaving home, the newly-graduated Navy radioman began packing his sea bag for the cruise of a lifetime. It would be eight months aboard a destroyer escort ship on a Goodwill Tour to the Red Sea; from Norfolk, Virginia to the French Riviera, with stops in every major port.
Jeremy never made his cruise.
His passion for celebrating led to a drunken collision with a concrete bridge abutment. Four days later, Jeremy Shoff regained consciousness in a Navy hospital where guilt planted its roots so deep he would vomit from the shame. Jeremy Shoff, a Navy party boy, thought he had a lot in common with the wounded Marines who shared his ward, Marines who could have been his comrades in combat. But as he would quickly realize, the only thing he had in common with them was their youth—and even that was an illusion. These boys, these men, had truly lost their youth sometime after gaining consciousness on their journey from South Vietnam to south Philadelphia.
The Demise of Little Johnny Panni
(based on the book "Darkness Falls" by John Del Vecchio)
John Panuzio's world begins to disintegrate when a freak accident disrupts the peaceful Connecticut suburb where he lives. As a successful 50 year old ad executive, he loathes his job and finds himself increasingly estranged from his family and community. As his life spirals out of control, John comtemplates suicide. Frustrated with suburban life, his only solace is in memories of his childhood in a large, loving, Italian-American family. Del Vecchio has created a beautiful, penetrating novel of a man struggling with with his demons, a town struggling with tragedy, and a family struggling to stay together.
The Ville (story and screenplay by Captain Dale Dye)
It’s early 1968 and the war is not going well for U.S. Marines on the bloody battlefields of Vietnam’s hotly-contest Northern provinces. The statistics say the Marines are holding their own against the Viet Cong guerillas and a steady flow of North Vietnamese Army regulars, but the press is saying something different. And that’s got Marine commanders in a rush to demonstrate that they – and not the enemy - own the hearts and minds of the local people. What’s needed to turn the press around – and by extension influence popular opinion at home – is a tangible example that the common people are on the side of freedom and democracy. At least that’s what the high command is telling Sergeant Paul Bauer, a veteran who is offered a chance to expunge an earlier career-destroying court-martial, if he’s willing to become the new leader of a Combined Action Platoon in a contested village that lies right along an enemy infiltration route. The idea is to create a showcase village where Marines and simple rice farmers live and work side-by-side to resist enemy intimidation. Bauer is promised the world – including hand-picked, top-notch men – to support the effort. Naturally, he winds up with a gaggle of off-beat characters and rejects to teach self-defense to villagers who want nothing to do with the war beyond avoiding it while they harvest their rice and get on with their simple lives. What ensues is a struggle that goes well beyond a simple clash of cultures. The villagers are as individual, colorful and hard-headed as Bauer and his band of outcasts. There’s Grandmother Ba, the village matriarch and Thai the English-speaking orphan who becomes Bauer’s love interest. There’s also a squad of ARVN soldiers who live in The Ville and become a dangerous thorn in Bauer’s side. The pressure to cooperate and succeed ratchets up continually as the enemy presses the villagers for tribute and the Marines try to get the villagers to train for self-defense. When things seem most hopeless, a Cajun Marine who comes from a Louisiana rice-farming family discovers a unique way to make rice grow in a paddy that’s never produced a crop in the long history on The Ville. That turns the trick and the Marines become rice farmers while the villagers become pseudo-soldiers capable of defending themselves. Along the way to a climactic battle for control of The Ville, we explore aspects of Eastern and Western culture, the ancient circle of life and the ultimate similarities among humans simply trying to survive and succeed.
City of Fire (screenplay by Captain Dale Dye)
On 24 June 2004 Zarqawi backed militants attacked multiple cities in Iraq trying to disrupt the handover of power that was just days away. Second Platoon Blackhawk Company of the Army's 23rd Infantry had just come off of 24 hour duty that had them ragged when the attacks began. As the rest of Iraq's forces pulled in to defend their FOBs 1-23 was the only unit to "leave the wire" and engage the enemy forces. Not knowing what to expect after thousands of pounds of car bombs detonated and hundreds dead and wounded the Tomahawk battalion went forth into a city on fire.
Captain Dye discusses his vision for "City of Fire"