Medal of Honor






Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade, 3rd Marine Division (Rein)


Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 26 March 1967


Entered service at: Cincinnati, Ohio


Born: 24 December 1946, Greenville, Ohio




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 2nd 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.


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Last name: DICKEY


Home of Record (official): ROSSBURG

State (official): OH

Date of Birth: Tuesday, December 24, 1946

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


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Branch: Marine Corps

Rank: PFC

Serial Number: 2199321

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E2

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 0311


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Start of Tour: Unknown/Not reported

Date of Casualty: Sunday, March 26, 1967

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Artillery, rocket, mortar (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Tri

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