Melvin Spence Dry

Age: 26
Branch: USN
Rank(s): LTJG, LT
Unit(s): UDT13, ST1
Station: South Vietnam

Fallen on: 06 Jun 1972
Location: South Vietnam, Tonkin Gulf
Era: Vietnam
Campaign: Operation Thunderbird

Medals & Commendations: Bronze Star Medal with ‘V’ device for Valor and Gold Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ four Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam (RVN) National Order Medal 5th Class, Republic of Vietnam RVN Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action 1 C Palm Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Rifle Medal, Expert Pistol Medal.

Hometown: Kingsport, NY

LT Dry died in the aftermath of an SDV accident. They were picked up by a helo and after dropping back to the water to rendezvous with the USS Grayback, they were again picked up, but LT Dry had apparently died on impact, sustaining a large cut over his left eye.