The Wall of Faces

Advanced search +

RAYMOND JOHN ASHNAULT


is honored on Panel 19W, Line 65 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance

REMEMBRANCES

  • Misadventure (Friendly fire)

    Posted on 9/27/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    At 1:35 AM on August 19, 1969, the base camp of Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, U.S. 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), at a landing zone near Quan Loi in Binh Long Province, RVN, received a ground probe from an unknown-size enemy force using small arms and automatic weapons. The troopers fired back with unit weapons and were supported by artillery, helicopter gunships, and tanks from an element of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment collocated at the camp. At 2:00 AM, the enemy withdrew. Their losses were unknown. During the action, a Sheridan tank accidently fired on an American bunker near the northwest perimeter of the base. The discharged projectile was an anti-personnel “beehive” round which fires hundreds of tiny razor-sharp darts. Nine troopers were killed in the incident and another five were wounded. The lost Americans were SP4 Raymond J. Ashnault, SP4 Reginald W. Burris, PFC Gaspar Cruz-Lebron, SGT William J. Dawson, SP4 John A. Kolwyck, SP4 Jimmie Miller, PVT Joseph P. Mobus, SP4 Robert G. Solomon, and PFC Paul A. Sparks. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Tank Accident Kills 8 GIs.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, August 21, 1969]
    MORE
  • An American Hero

    Posted on 8/19/18 - by Janice Current janlc75150@yahoo.com
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
    MORE
  • Remembered

    Posted on 10/6/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SPEC 4 ASHNAULT,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN ARMY GRUNT WITH THE 1ST CAVALRY. THIS WAS THE UNIT OF A FRIEND'S BROTHER. SAY HI TO MIKE IN HEAVEN. THIS YEAR, MY HUSBAND PASSED ON YOUR BIRTHDAY. ALSO SAY HI TO MY MICHAEL. REST IN PEACE.
    MORE
  • Final Mission of SP4 Raymond J. Ashnault

    Posted on 12/5/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SP4 Raymond J. Ashnault served with Company A, First Battalion, Eight Cavalry, First Cavalry Division. On August 19, 1969, he was deployed in defensive position with this battalion when a friendly tank crew accidentally fired a shell on them which was directed at hostile forces. Previously, he had been injured during an offensive the previous June and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with a V for Valor. His death came shortly after his discharge from treatment for these injuries. [Taken from findagrave.com]
    MORE
  • Cranford

    Posted on 3/4/15 - by Paul Patterson
    I grew up with Ray as one of my neighbors and best friends. When he was killed in Vietnam his little brother and I had a long cry together.
    I will always miss that long ball hitter when I think about baseball.
    MORE
1 2 3

The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.