For heroism in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four Ries distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 21 May 1970 while serving as a Rifleman with Company C, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry. On that date, the company was conducting routine combat operations near the village of Trung Tin when it came under intense enemy small arms fire. In the initial barrage of hostile rounds, a friendly soldier was wounded and fell in an exposed area. Responding immediately to the urgency of the situation, Specialist Ries unhesitatingly left the relative security of his position to assist his wounded comrade. Rushing to the side of the injured man, he positioned himself so as to shield the casualty and effectively engage the enemy with protective fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Specialist Ries remained in his highly vulnerable position until members of the friendly element were able to extract the wounded soldier from the contact zone. Through his timely and courageous actions, he was instrumental in saving the life of his fellow soldier. Specialist Four Ries’ personal heroism, professional competence, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Americal Division, and the United States Army.