AMES, DAVID R.
Name: David R. Ames Rank/Branch: Staff Sergeant/US Army Unit: Age: 30 Home City: Schuyler NY Date of Loss: March 1991 Country of Loss: Saudi Arabia Loss Coordinates: Status: Missing in Action Status in 2002: KIA/BR Acft/Vehicle/Ground:
Other Personnel in Incident: unknown
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 09 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, published sources, interviews. Updated by the POW NETWORK, 2002
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: During the weeks of the Persian Gulf War, several dozen American and Coalition military personnel were captured by the Iraqis or declared Missing in Action. Information was scarce and hard to find relating to these individuals. In most cases, those who were missing were at least identified by name, age and branch of service.
In early March, 21 Americans were released by the Iraqis. Nine of these were acknowledged to be POWs by the U.S. Government prior to their release. At least one had been declared Killed in Action. Two were reported missing in non-hostile environments. Some were a complete surprise to everyone, including the U.S. Government.
Also without fanfare, during the first week in March several names were added to the missing lists on whom no apparent information was available. The list contained:
SSgt. David R. Ames, 30, Schuyler, New York SSgt. Michael R. Allen, 32, West Point, Mississippi CWO Michael F. Anderson, 36, Frankfort, Indiana Spec. David Bush, 21 Sgt. Christopher J. Chapman, 25, Charlotte, North Carolina Maj. Rhonda L. Cornum, 36 Pvt. Troy A. Dunlap, 20 SSgt. Crystal L. Rickett, 31 SSgt. Daniel J. Stamaris, 31
As it happened, Cornum and Dunlap were released by the Iraqis on March 6. The public had not previously known they were missing. The two were on a helicopter sent near Basra to rescue a downed pilot, William Andrews, who was also captured and released.
Five individuals were reported killed on the helicopter on which Cornum and Dunlap were passengers. It is not known if any of the other missing were also on board the aircraft.