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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Birth:
15 Jul 1950 2
Death:
12 Nov 1969 2
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Full Name:
Ralph Ellis Dias 2
Birth:
15 Jul 1950 2
Male 2
Death:
12 Nov 1969 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 12 Nov 1969 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Shelocta, PA 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Battalion:
1st Bn 2
Company:
D Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E2 2
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 2
Posthumous Decoration:
Medal of Honor 2
Regiment:
7th Marines 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Tour Start Date:
28 Apr 1969 2
Years Served:
2 2
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Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 63 2
Panel: 16W 2

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The President of the United States in the name of the Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to Ralph Ellis Dias Private First Class United States Marine Corps for service as set forth in the following CITATION: As a member of a reaction force which was pinned down by enemy fire while assisting a platoon in the same circumstance, PFC Dias, observing that both units were sustaining casualties, initiated an aggressive assault against an enemy machinegun 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, PFC Dias was again wounded. Unable to walk, he crawled 15 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 machinegun emplacement. Still determined to destroy the emplacement, PFC 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. PFC Dias' indomitable courage, dynamic initiative, and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service to his country.

CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPENT

On 12 November 1969 a patrol from 3rd Platoon, Delta 1/7 Marines encountered a dug-in NVA company on the north-facing slopes of the Que Son Mountains south of An Hoa. The Marines were caught in the open and were pinned in place by mortar and machinegun fire, taking cover in bomb craters and amongst the stubble of dry rice paddies. Air support was called in to help the infantrymen. The infantrymen were able to break contact, but one of the supporting Cobra gunships was shot down and four of the infantry were killed by hostile fire. The size men were D Co, 1st Bn, 7th Marines LCpl Robert B. Hamblett, Roanoke, VA (Silver Star) Pfc Ralph E. Dias, Shelocta, PA (Medal of Honor) Pfc Carl Henderson, Philadelphia, PA Pfc Jerome Higgins, Springfield, OH (Silver Star) AH-1G tail number 68-15080, VMO-2 Major Howard B. Henry, Baltimore, MD (Silver Star) 1stLt Joseph A. Lofton, Akron, OH

Thank you Marine for your service to this great Nation and to our Corps

THE WALL Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland In the sunlit springtime of our youth. Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." --- Author Unknown --- God Bless  You      

To My Dearest Family

To My Dearest Family Some things I'd like to say, 
but first of all to let you know 
that I arrived okay 
I'm writing this from Heaven 
where I dwell with God above 
where there's no more tears 
or sadness there 
is just eternal love 
Please do not be unhappy 
just because I'm out of sight 
remember that I'm with you 
every morning, noon and night 
That day I had to leave you 
when my life on Earth was through 
God picked me up and hugged me 
and He said I welcome you 
It's good to have you back again 
you were missed while you were gone 
as for your dearest family 
they'll be here later on 
I need you here so badly 
as part of My big plan 
there's so much that we have to do 
to help our mortal man 
Then God gave me a list of things 
He wished for me to do 
and foremost on that list of mine 
is to watch and care for you 
And I will be beside you 
every day and week and year 
and when you're sad 
I'm standing there 
to wipe away the tear 
And when you lie in bed at night 
the days chores put to flight 
God and I are closest to you 
in the middle of the night 
When you think of my life on Earth 
and all those loving years 
because you're only human 
they are bound to bring you tears 
But do not be afraid to cry 
it does relieve the pain 
remember there would be no flowers 
unless there was some rain 
I wish that I could tell you 
of all that God has planned 
but if I were to tell you 
you wouldn't understand 
But one thing is for certain 
though my life on Earth is o're 
I am closer to you now 
than I ever was before 
And to my very many friends 
trust God knows what is best 
I'm still not far away from you 
I'm just beyond the crest 
There are rocky roads ahead of you 
and many hills to climb 
but together we can do it 
taking one day at a time 
It was always my philosophy 
and I'd like it for you too 
that as you give unto the World 
so the World will give to you 
If you can help somebody 
who is in sorrow or in pain 
then you can say to God at night 
my day was not in vain 
And now I am contented 
that my life it was worthwhile 
knowing as I passed along the way 
I made somebody smile 
So if you meet somebody 
who is down and feeling low 
just lend a hand to pick him up 
as on your way you go 
When you are walking 
down the street 
and you've got me on your mind 
I'm walking in your footsteps 
only half a step behind 
And when you feel the gentle breeze 
or the wind upon your face 
that's me giving you a great big hug 
or just a soft embrace 
And when it's time for you to go 
from that body to be free 
remember you're not going 
you are coming here to me 
And I will always love you 
from that land way up above 
Will be in touch again soon 
P.S. God sends His Love

MEDAL OF HONOR
Awarded for actions during the
Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Ralph Ellis Dias, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 12 November 1969, while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Que Son Mountain, Republic of Vietnam. 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 machinegun 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 15 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 machinegun 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 the service to his country.

Action Date: November 12, 1969

Rest in peace.

Thank you for your service to our country, Ralph.........you are a true hero. You are not forgotten........

Semper Fi............Marine.

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