Date of Birth: 01/17/1945
Neighborhood: North Philadelphia
High School: Simon Gratz High School
Street: Nicholas Street
Branch of Service: Army
Date of Casualty: 03/23/1970
Province of Casualty: Phuoc Long
Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 2
Panel Row: 1
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"A friendly manner, anyone can see, that these words fit Ronnie to a T," Ash's classmates wrote of the six-footer in the 1962 Simon Gratz High School yearbook. Ash was a member of the yearbook staff and the choir, and enjoyed singing and dancing. He was a counselor at a Boy Scout camp for two years before Joining the Army in August 1966. The 25-year-old sergeant, a rifleman, machine-gunner and grenadier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), was on his second tour of duty in Vietnam when he was found dead of a gunshot wound in an empty house on March 23, 1970. Ash was survived by his mother, two half-brothers and a half-sister.