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JAMES MICHAEL ASTON


is honored on Panel 29W, Line 75 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • U.S. Marine - Navy Cross

    Posted on 12/21/06 - by H Co, 26th Marines, Yahoo Group site daviddddd@yahoo.com
    PFC James Aston (18), USMC
    Navy Cross, Purple Heart...

    South Vietnam - 1969
    KIA - 3/19/69 (Operation Taylor Common)
    Unit - H Co., 2nd Bn., 26th Mar. Regt.,
    9th Mar. Amphibious Brigade (9MAB)

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  • All things work together for good...

    Posted on 4/30/05 - by Peter Pearson *************@yahoo.com
    I only knew Mike for a few weeks in Viet Nam before he was killed, and His life and death made a huge impact on my life. In 5/2001, I found his mother and was able to talk to her, and have been the only person to contact her who knew Mike in the Nam. Ten months later, I married his sister. We visited his grave a few days later, and it was a great experience. There was a small tattered American flag there, which seened very appropriate to me. Mike had absorbed the lethal blow of a mine that day that others might live. As I was following him a short distance behind, I cannot help but think if he hadn't had set off the mine, I would have. I am now 52 years old. Mike was 18, and he was loved by many. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Mike was more than a statistic like all of them - he was a precious family member.
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  • Thank you PFC James Michael Aston

    Posted on 3/19/04 - by Donald Lytle afarmersboy@yahoo.com
    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you James Michael Aston, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

    Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore MARINE, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

    Heroes like you, are the reason that others like myself, returned home to lead full and free lives, and for that I am forever grateful to you.

    Again, thank you PFC James Michael Aston, for a job exceptionally well done!

    REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND


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  • I still cry today

    Posted on 1/15/02 - by Donald Sutherland
    I went to High School with Mike. He was a senior and I was a junior. A great guy, a handsome young man, a great football player. He was quiet and understated in his mannerisims but you knew you don't mess with Mike. A young man of courage and honor in his everyday life; not surprised by his heroic action to save others. His funeral and the gravesite playing of taps is a moment imprinted in my heart and mind forever. I am 50 years old now and I still cry when I think of his loss; our loss. He lives in my memories and the memories of my children as I tell them about a hero I went to school with.
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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS BRAVE YOUNG MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE~ ~ ~ ~ ~ NAVY CROSS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Posted on 6/17/00 - by CLAY MARSTON
    PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

    JAMES MICHAEL ASTON


    -- MORTAR AMMUNITION MAN --

    COMPANY " H "

    2nd BATTALION

    26th MARINES

    NINTH MARINE AMPHIBIOUS BRIGADE


    was a posthumous recipient of the


    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ NAVY CROSS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~




    ~ ~ ~ SEMPER FIDELIS ~ ~ ~




    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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    CITATION

    FOR AWARD OF THE

    NAVY CROSS

    TO

    PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

    JAMES MICHAEL ASTON

    UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS


    For extraordinary heroism while serving as a
    Mortar Ammunition Man
    Company " H "
    Second Battalion
    Twenty - sixth Marines
    Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade
    in connection with combat operations against the enemy
    in the Republic of Vietnam on 19 March 1969.
    Private First Class Aston
    was participating in a company - sized operation
    through thick brush and chest high elephant grass
    in Quang Nam Province when he tripped a hidden enemy
    explosive device. Fully aware of the probable
    consequences of his daring action but thinking only of
    the welfare of several nearby companions, he unhesitatingly
    threw himself across the lethal object and was mortally
    wounded as he absorbed the concussion of the detonation.
    His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed
    him and were instrumental in saving the lives of several
    Marines. By his courage, selfless concern for his fellow
    men and unwavering devotion to duty,
    Private First Class Aston
    upheld the highest traditions of the
    United States Marine Corps and the
    United States Naval Service.
    He gallantly gave his life for his country.




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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.

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