Ronald the son of Frederick J. and Nina A. Ames of Detroit MI, the husband of Claudette V. Ames and father of Ronald E. Jr. and Kimberly K. Ames of Winslow ME enlisted in the US Navy on September 16, 1957.
On his second deployment to Vietnam HM2 was assigned to H&S Company and attached to Company G, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.
On a search and destroy mission during Operation Desoto, the Marines were moving to their night position south of An Diem, when they engaged a concealed VC force. The leading elements engaged the VC with small arms and hand grenades overrunning the enemy and forcing them to flee into heavy brush. Three Marines and HM2 Ames died in the exchange of fire, with another man dying of his wounds after being evacuated.
Artillery and fixed wing air strikes were directed on likely enemy targets as the unit moved to another location. During a close air support strike, an air craft dropped its rockets on the Marines position resulting in the death of two men and wounding several others.