*DIAS, RALPH E.
Rank and organization: Private First
Class, U.S. Marine Corps, 3d Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine
Division (Rein) FMF. Place and date: Que Son Mountains, Republic of Vietnam, 12
November 1969. Entered service at: Pittsburgh, Pa. Born: 15 July 1950,
Shelocta, Indiana County, Pa.
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.