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is honored on Panel 16W, Line 63 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ralph E.Dias

    Posted on 12/21/17 - by Bonnie Maughan
    I think of you everyday and wonder what we would be doing for fun I miss you so much you were the best Cousin I had
    Love and Miss you
    Never forgotten
  • Medal of Honor Citation

    Posted on 11/12/16 - by A US Marine, Vietnam, 1969
    Ralph Ellis Dias
    Date of birth: July 15, 1950
    Date of death: November 12, 1969
    Burial location: Leetonia, Ohio
    Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Shelocta
    Home of record: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
    Status: KIA


    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

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Private First Class

    Company: Company D

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 7th Marines

    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 4/6/16 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Ralph.
  • Rest in Peace

    Posted on 10/18/15 - by Ed Klek D 1-1 USMC 1966
    I stand and salute this hero,I'm humbled reading about the MOH award.
  • you are very much missed

    Posted on 2/8/15
    Miss your smiling face thank you for your service
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit