Ashe, Ronald Anthony, Capt

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1971-1972, 307th Strategic Wing
Service Years
1968 - 1972
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Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1972
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 060, Cemetery Unknown

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744th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy307th Strategic Wing
  1971-1972, 744th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1971-1972, 307th Strategic Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
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The Citadel
  1964-1968, The Citadel
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B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1971-1972, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
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Five crewmen were killed and one survived when a B-52D (tail number 56-0677) of the 307th Strategic Bomb Wing was struck by lightning after take-off from U-Tapao RTAFB on a combat mission. The lightning strike knocked out most of the aircraft's instruments and started a fire in the port wing.

The location of his remains is unknown.

RONALD A ASHE: "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." Posted by: Roger Soiset Email: Relationship: We were college classmates Tuesday, December 18, 2001
Rec'd 16 Jul 2011:

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I remember the day my mother called to tell me Ron had died. The news was devestating. Ron and I were friends in high school. He was an all around great guy...sincere, focused, considerate, hard working and a strong leader. The kind of guy anyone would be proud to know. The comments made by his college classmate describe him most eloquently and I thank him for honoring Ron as he did. May his memory be eternal. I think of him often and the wife and child he left behind.

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