RONALD A ASHE
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 60 OF THE WALL

RONALD A ASHE

WALL NAME

RONALD A ASHE

PANEL / LINE

1W/60

DATE OF BIRTH

06/11/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/30/1972

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COUNTY OF RECORD

New Haven County

STATE

CT

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LEFT FOR RONALD A ASHE
POSTED ON 6.16.2004
POSTED BY: Denae Johnson

Honoring You

I chose your name from the CT map painted in our school which lists the soldiers from our state that lost their lives in Vietnam. As part of the Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School posting project, I would like to honor the sacrifice you made for our country. Ashe A. Ronald was one of these many men who have fought bravely for our country. He was one of three men who I looked up on the wall we have in our school, and as I searched carefully for the right men, his name caught my name, along with two others. I have done some research on him, and even though it can’t compare to him in real life, I have learned some about him, and it has fascinated me into learning more about the Vietnam War and what people like him had to go through. I thank Ashe for all he has done for our country.
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POSTED ON 12.18.2001
POSTED BY: Roger Soiset

To a Citadel classmate

Ron Ashe was one of the all-around nicest guys in my Citadel class of 1968. I met him on the freshman wrestling team, a sport at which we were about equally inept compared to those who were far more experienced and talented; as a result we often wrestled each other in training. Ron was a purist; he never cursed, he shunned off-color jokes, and always took the high road whether it was in sports, academics or recreation. Note the confusing information about the place of his death--Quang Tri is in Vietnam, not Thailand. He was an Air Force B-52 pilot stationed in Thailand, and was shot down while bombing Laos. Since we weren't supposed to be doing that (Laos was allegedly neutral), like the bombing of Cambodia (also neutral, and also overrun with North Vietnamese troops) this was a open secret. We all knew what was going on, but the official story was that the bombs were falling inside South Vietnam. Therefore, any people who were killed in the process were listed as having died in Vietnam. I had the honor of noting that The Citadel had not picked up Ron as a casualty of the Vietnam War and was able to petition the school to add his name on a brass plaque at the entrance to the Citadel chapel in 1985. Rest in peace, Ron.
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