Dennis Foley

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Dennis Foley
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1962-1982
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Commands held 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment,
A Company, 75th Ranger Regiment,
Special Forces A team
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards 2 Silver Stars,
4 Bronze Stars
Other work Screenwriter,

Dennis Foley is a former special forces officer who fought in the Vietnam War and is the author of the Jim Hollister series of military fiction novels. Since retiring from the military, he has written for television and film and served as a technical adviser for television and film.

Military service

Foley was drafted into the military from high school and attended basic training at Fort Dix. It was there that he became fascinated by the Airborne Special Forces after seeing a recruiting pitch made by two Rangers. He arrived in Vietnam in December 1965 and was assigned to command the 1st Battalion of the 327th Infantry Regiment. He remained with that unit until late 1966. Foley went on to command two rifle companies, two special forces teams, and an airborne battalion headquarters company. These postings took him to Germany, Vietnam, Thailand, and elsewhere in South East Asia. At one point, he was assigned to the teaching staff of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, where he was a Special Operations instructor.[1]

Civilian life

In 1982, Foley retired from the military after 20 years of service. He has since worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood, an author, and a writing instructor.[1] His list of works includes Long Range Patrol, Night Work, Take Back the Night, and Special Men.


  • Foley, Dennis (1994). Special Men: a LRP's Recollections. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 9780804109154. OCLC 30994804. 

Television credits


  • MacGyver, "The Golden Triangle" episode (1985)[2]

Technical advisor

  • She's in the Army Now (1981)[3]
  • World War III (1982)[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Foley, Dennis (2002). "Dennis Foley". Retrieved November 22, 2016. 
  2. "The Golden Triangle". Internet Movie Database. October 6, 1985. 
  3. "She's in the Army Now". Internet Movie Database. May 15, 1981. 
  4. "World War III". Internet Movie Database. January 31, 1982. 

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