Roberto Ramos was born on May 14, 1945, in New York City, New York. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 18, 1964, and completed basic training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, in August 1964. Ramos next completed Aviation Boatswain's training and served with VT-6 at NAS Pensacola, Florida, until February 1966. Petty Officer Ramos served at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, and at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, Puerto Rico, from February to May 1966, and then attended Underwater Demolition Team Replacement training at NAB Little Creek from May to August 1966. He served with UDT-22 at NAB Little Creek from August 1966 to April 1967, followed by service aboard the high-speed transport USS Kirwin (APD-90) from April to August 1967. His next assignment was back with UDT-22 at NAB Little Creek from August to December 1967, and then with SEAL Team TWO at NAB Little Creek from December 1967 until he deployed to South Vietnam with his Team in August 1968. Petty Officer Ramos was killed in action in South Vietnam on October 29, 1968, and was buried at the Municipal Cemetery in Cayey, Puerto Rico.
His Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:
For heroic service in connection with operations against the enemy in the Mekong Delta region of the Republic of Vietnam from 21 August to 29 October 1968. As Grenadier for the Fourth Platoon, United States Navy SEAL Team Detachment ALFA, Petty Officer Ramos participated in twenty-three combat patrols and operations during which he was often subjected to direct enemy fire. His courage and professionalism were an invaluable asset to the Fourth Platoon in countering enemy forces, against whom he directed extremely accurate and effective grenade and rifle fire. On 10 October 1968, while returning to their base after completion of a twelve hour patrol, the Fourth Platoon encountered intense enemy fire in an area infested by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors. Although he was exposed to a heavy volume of enemy small arms automatic weapons fire, Petty Officer Ramos fearlessly covered his squad's movements and enabled them to extract without casualties. On 20 October 1968, during an operation with Vietnamese Provincial Reconnaissance Unit troops, Petty Officer Ramos was mortally wounded while valiantly engaging a numerically superior enemy force. His devotion to duty, courage under fire, and sense of responsibility significantly contributed to the fight against communist aggression in the Republic of Vietnam, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.