CLAYBORN W ASHBY JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 39E, LINE 69 OF THE WALL

CLAYBORN WILLIS ASHBY JR

WALL NAME

CLAYBORN W ASHBY JR

PANEL / LINE

39E/69

DATE OF BIRTH

11/16/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/17/1968

HOME OF RECORD

LOUISVILLE

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

AO2

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CLAYBORN WILLIS ASHBY JR
POSTED ON 11.16.2017
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Petty Officer Second Class Clayborn Willis Ashby Jr., Served with Observation Squadron 67 (VO-67), Pacific Fleet.
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POSTED ON 10.4.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PETTY OFFICER ASHBY,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A NAVY AVIATION ORDNANCEMAN. I AM GLAD YOU WERE FOUND. WELCOME HOME, REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 6.28.2015

Respectfully

my father,who fought in WWII, bought my family pow bracelets in the 70's. All of our men were found except his. He wore his bracelet until he died last year. I now have the bracelet and am pleased to see this page available for clayborn. Thank you for your service.
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POSTED ON 11.23.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of AO2 Clayborn W. Ashby Jr.

Final Mission of AO2 Clayborn W. Ashby Jr.
On February 17, 1968, an OP-2E from Observation Squadron 67 departed Thailand in a flight of four aircraft on an operational mission over Laos. The crew of the aircraft included CDR Glenn M. Hayden, LTJG James S. Kravitz, LT Curtis F. Thurman, ENS James C. Wonn, AO2 Clayborn W. Ashby Jr., ADJ2 Chester L. Coons, AN Frank A. Dawson, ATN1 Paul N. Donato, and AN James E. Martin. After completion of the first target run, the aircraft reported to its fighter escort and forward air control aircraft that it had been hit by small arms fire but would continue with the second target run. During the second run, the fighter escort reported the starboard engine of the OP-2 on fire. The OP-2 acknowledged the report and aborted the rest of their mission to return to home base. The last radio transmission from the aircraft was, "we're beat up pretty bad." The fighter escort climbed to the top of the overcast to await the OP-2 rendezvous, but the aircraft never emerged from the cloud base. The fighter dropped below the clouds to search for the OP-2 and found burning wreckage. No parachutes were seen, nor were any emergency radio beepers heard. Search and rescue efforts were negative. Investigation of the crash site was not feasible because of enemy presence in the area. The aircraft crashed about 34 kilometers northwest of Xepone in Savannakhet Province, Laos. The crash site was situated 2,800 meters south of route 91 in rugged terrain on the side of a 550 meter ridge, approximately 4 kilometers northwest of Muang Phin. The aircraft was on a reconnaissance mission and carried no ordnance. Because there was no direct witness to the crash of the OP2, it is not known whether any of the crew of nine survived, but assumed that they did not. All nine aboard were classified Killed, Body Not Recovered. Although this aircraft went down in a relatively populous area, it is not known whether the enemy knows the fates of the crewmembers. In 1993 remains identified as crewmen of this aircraft were returned to the United States. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 10.19.2014

To the uncle I never met

Clayborn the uncle I never met. I only get to hear stories about you. I know you were a great brother and son. I wish things would of turned out different. I want to thank you for giving your life for us. Love ya!
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