COL. RICHARD A. AMES SR. NORTHPORT – Col. Richard A. Ames, U.S. Air Force, Retired, a highly decorated veteran of World War II, died Oct. 22, 2003, at Waldo County General Hospital, just a week short of his 92nd birthday. He was born Oct. 28, 1911, in Lynn, Mass., the son of Avis L. Ames and Corinna Austin Ames. He left life as he lived it, with courage and dignity and a never failing sense of humor. He was married to Jane Good Ames for 55 years to whom he gave the full measure of his love and devotion to the very end of his life. Col. Ames attended high school in Henniker, N.H., and then graduated from Stearns Preparatory School at Mount Vernon, N.H. He went on to major in aeronautical engineering at the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan. Col. Ames began his military career in 1937 when he entered flying cadet training at Randolph Field, Texas. After receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant, he served a three-year tour at Langley Field, Va. After a year each at Mitchel Field, N.Y., and Charlotte, N.C., he received orders assigning him to duty in Europe. He served as a fighter pilot and in numerous command and staff positions in North Africa, Corsica, France, Italy and Sicily. Highlights of his time in the European theatre of operations include, command of one of the first operational radar units in the war, capture of Dictator Mussolini’s personal staff, acceptance of surrender by the Commander of the Italia Air Force, and assignment as the personal escort and bodyguard for Prime Minister Churchill. After a short break from the European theatre to attend the Naval War College, Col. Ames was ordered to Japan where he first served on Gen. MacArthur’s staff as the Director of Operations for the Fifth Air Force and then as Base