First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, 3d Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion,
7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein) FMF.
Son Mountains, Republic of Vietnam, 12 November 1969.
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.