Ronald Neal was born on January 19, 1946. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on April 27, 1964, and completed basic training at NTC San Diego, California, in July 1964. Neal next attended Radioman A School at NTC San Diego from August 1964 to April 1965, followed by Underwater Demolition Team Replacement Accession training with Class 035 at NAB Coronado, California, from April to September 1965. His next assignment was with Underwater Demolition Team ELEVEN (UDT-11) at NAB Coronado from September 1965 to October 1966, and during this time he deployed with his Team to Subic Bay in the Philippines from January to September 1966. Petty Officer Neal served with SEAL Team ONE at NAB Coronado from October 1966 to April 1967, and then deployed with his Team to Southeast Asia from April 4, 1967, until he was killed in action in South Vietnam on April 21, 1967. Ronald Neal was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Sailor's Creed:
I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.