PFC DOUGLAS E. DICKEYMedal of Honor 1967 1/4/3VietnamThe President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to PRIVATE FIRST CLASS DOUGLAS E. DICKEYUNITED STATES MARINE CORPS for service as set forth in the followingCITATION:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Second Platoon, Company C, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam on 26 March 1967. While participating in Operation BEACON HILL I, the Second Platoon was engaged in a fierce battle with the Viet Cong at close range in dense jungle foliage. Private First Class 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, Private First Class Dickey, in a final valiant act, quickly and unhesitatingly threw himself upon the deadly grenade, absorbing with his own body the full and complete force of the explosion. Private First Class 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 own life. His actions reflected great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country./S/LYNDON B. JOHNSON RIP to a true hero
yikes. You always here about some Marine or soldier throwing themself on a grenade to save their buddies, but I don't think I could do it. I might try to drop my helmet on it or something, but damn, to put your body on it? Incredible sacrifice.
It was great to see a 1/4 Marine noted here (that's the battalion I went to war with).