A Marine's Story: Private Ralph Ellis Dias

 


Private Ralph Ellis Dias was born on July 15, 1950, in Shelocta Pennsylvania. He attended school at Elderton Join High School, leaving to enlist in the US Marine Corps in October of 1967, only a few short months after his 17th birthday.

He was initially assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, but in April 1969 he transferred to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines and deployed to Vietnam with Company D.

On November 12, 1969, Private Dias would earn a Congressional Medal of Honor while on patrol with his unit in the Quang Nam Province. He and his unit were pinned down by a machine-gun bunker and Private Dias, despite being severely wounded, managed to, after three attempts, destroy the bunker with grenades.  His wounds would be fatal.  

Private Ralph Ellis Dias rests at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Leetonia Ohio.