Recipient Detail

 

DICKEY, DOUGLAS E.

Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps
Company: Company C, 1st Battalion
Division: 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division
Born: 24 December 1946, Greenville, Darke, Ohio
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Cincinnati, Ohio
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Place / Date: Republic of Vietnam, 26 March 1967
 
 


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Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While participating in Operation Beacon Hill 1, the 2d Platoon was engaged in a fierce battle with the Viet Cong at close range in dense jungle foliage. Pfc. Dickey had come forward to replace a radio operator who had been wounded in this intense action and was being treated by a medical corpsman. Suddenly an enemy grenade landed in the midst of a group of marines, which included the wounded radio operator who was immobilized. Fully realizing the inevitable result of his actions, Pfc. Dickey, in a final valiant act, quickly and unhesitatingly threw himself upon the deadly grenade, absorbing with his body the full and complete force of the explosion. Pfc. Dickey's personal heroism, extraordinary valor and selfless courage saved a number of his comrades from certain injury and possible death at the cost of his life. His actions reflected great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.