Ralph Ellis Dias, PFC

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Ralph Ellis Dias, PFC

Birthdate: (19)
Birthplace: Indiana, PA, United States
Death: November 11, 1969 (19)
Quang Nam, Vietnam (KIA Hostile Fire)
Place of Burial: Leetonia, OH, United States
Occupation: 1st Bn, 7th Marines
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Ralph Ellis Dias, PFC

Private First Class Ralph Ellis Dias (July 15, 1950–November 11, 1969) was a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam in November 1969.

Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to



for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, while serving as a Rifleman with Company D, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam on November 12, 1969. As a member of a reaction force which was pinned down by enemy fire while assisting a platoon in the same circumstance, Private First Class Dias, observing that both units were sustaining casualties, initiated an aggressive assault against an enemy machine gun bunker which was the principal source of hostile fire. Severely wounded by enemy snipers while charging across the open area, he pulled himself to the shelter of a nearby rock. Braving enemy fire for a second time, Private First Class Dias was again wounded. Unable to walk, he crawled fifteen meters to the protection of a rock located near his objective and, repeatedly exposing himself to intense hostile fire, unsuccessfully threw several hand grenades at the machine gun emplacement. Still determined to destroy the emplacement, Private First Class Dias again moved into the open and was wounded a third time by sniper fire. As he threw a last grenade which destroyed the enemy position, he was mortally wounded by another enemy round. Private First Class Dias' indomitable courage, dynamic initiative, and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in service to his country. /S/ RICHARD M. NIXON

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Ralph Ellis Dias, PFC's Timeline

July 15, 1950
Indiana, PA, United States
November 11, 1969
Age 19
Quang Nam, Vietnam
Leetonia, OH, United States