ALAN W ASHENFELTER
VIEW ALL PHOTOS (1)
HONORED ON PANEL 8W, LINE 104 OF THE WALL

ALAN WAYNE ASHENFELTER

WALL NAME

ALAN W ASHENFELTER

PANEL / LINE

8W/104

DATE OF BIRTH

11/15/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/12/1970

HOME OF RECORD

DECATUR

COUNTY OF RECORD

Macon County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

Book a time
Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ALAN WAYNE ASHENFELTER
POSTED ON 4.29.2021

Final Mission of LCPL Alan W. Ashenfelter

On August 12, 1970, an element of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, was on a platoon-sized search and destroy mission in support of Operation Lyon Valley, a 5th Marines search and clear operation southwest of Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN. The platoon was winding down a 30-day patrol through the rice paddies, nipa palm, jungle, and hills, searching for Viet Cong to prevent them from massing for attacks on Da Nang and An Hoa Combat Base. At 4:25 PM, while moving near the hamlet of Phu Nhuan (3), the point man tripped a booby trap consisting of multiple explosive devices wired to a single detonator. The Viet Cong had positioned a “daisy chain” of 155mm artillery shells to wreak maximum damage, and the resulting explosion was devastating. Five Marines were killed in the blast and fifteen were wounded. Those not hurt immediately responded and provided aid to the injured. Medivacs airlifted the wounded to hospitals in Da Nang and a naval hospital ship offshore. The lost Marines included LCPL Alan W. Ashenfelter, LCPL Gary L. Jenks, CPL Kenneth E. Oliver, PFC Charles K. Puderbaugh and LCPL Edward Tarver. A week later, the battalion held a memorial service in a large, tented chapel with wooden sides at the regimental rear at An Hoa. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Michael Sanzaro (April 2021)]
read more read less
POSTED ON 3.31.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. Rest in eternal peace.
read more read less
POSTED ON 1.11.2021
POSTED BY: Ronald E. Colby

Alan Wayne Ashenfelter

Alan and I served together in Golf 2/5 in 1970. I was wounded on July 20, 1970, which turned out to be a saving grace because I would probably have been KIA with Alan on 8/12/70 if I hadn't been. I still remember your stories and the time we shared over there. Rest in Peace Brother and...Semper Fi!
read more read less
POSTED ON 1.11.2021
POSTED BY: Michael Sanzaro

served with Alan

Alan and I served together. We were good friends. I saw a post by David Thomas. I also served with David and was the first one to reach him when he tripped the booby trap on July 20th. I was wounded on January 10, 1971, I almost made it out safely. I would love to talk with any of our former squad or platoon members. Michael Sanzaro
read more read less
POSTED ON 4.13.2020
POSTED BY: Tom

Never knew you.

Got my month wrong, sentiment remains the same. R I P.
read more read less
1 2 3 4