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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL to

LANCE CORPORAL ROBERT A. DYER, JR.
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

"For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam while serving as a Radio Operator with Company K, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, First Marine Division. On 24 May 1968 during Operation Allen Brook in Quang Nam Province, Company K was attacking the village of Le Bac (1) which was well fortified and occupied by a large North Vietnamese Army force. As the company approached the area, the Marines encountered heavy enemy automatic weapons, mortar and sniper fire and sustained numerous casualties. As a member of the Tactical Air Control Party, Lance Corporal DYER skillfully coordinated the fire from armed helicopters against the enemy positions. Realizing that the numerous casualties lying exposed to the enemy fire required prompt medical attention and evacuation, he ran across the fire-swept area to a pagoda where he established a temporary aid station. Without regard for his own safety, he returned to the besieged area three times to assist wounded Marines to the covered position while continuing to coordinate friendly small arms fire and direct air strikes by armed helicopters to within ten meters of friendly positions. When the forward units were ordered to withdraw to facilitate the employment of supporting arms, he assisted in the evacuation of numerous casualties and was among the last to leave the area. Throughout the fire fight, his heroic efforts and calm presence of mind were an inspiration to all who served with him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. Lance Corporal DYER's courage, outstanding professional skill and unswerving devotion to duty throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Lance Corporal DYER is authorized to wear the Combat "V".