EUGENE ASHLEY JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 37E, LINE 77 OF THE WALL

EUGENE ASHLEY JR

WALL NAME

EUGENE ASHLEY JR

PANEL / LINE

37E/77

DATE OF BIRTH

10/20/1931

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/07/1968

HOME OF RECORD

WILMINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

New Hanover County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SFC

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LEFT FOR EUGENE ASHLEY JR
POSTED ON 5.31.1999
POSTED BY: Fulton

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces



Place and date: Near Lang Vei, Republic of Vietnam, 6th and 7th February 1968



Entered service at: New York, New York



Born: 12 October 1931, Wilmington, North Carolina



Citation:

Sfc. Ashley, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with Detachment A-101, Company C. Sfc. Ashley was the senior Special Forces adviser of a hastily organized assault force whose mission was to rescue entrapped U.S. Special Forces advisers at Camp Lang Vei. During the initial attack on the Special Forces camp by North Vietnamese army forces, Sfc. Ashley supported the camp with high explosive and illumination mortar rounds. When communications were lost with the main camp, he assumed the additional responsibility of directing air strikes and artillery support. Sfc. Ashley organized and equipped a small assault force composed of local friendly personnel. During the ensuing battle. Sfc. Ashley led a total of 5 vigorous assaults against the enemy, continuously exposing himself to a voluminous hail of enemy grenades, machine gun and automatic weapons fire. Throughout these assaults, he was plagued by numerous boobytrapped satchel charges in all bunkers on his avenue of approach. During his fifth and final assault, he adjusted air strikes nearly on top of his assault element, forcing the enemy to withdraw and resulting in friendly control of the summit of the hill. While exposing himself to intense enemy fire, he was seriously wounded by machine gun fire but continued his mission without regard for his personal safety. After the fifth Assault he lost consciousness and was carried from the summit by his comrades only to suffer a fatal wound when an enemy artillery round landed in the area. Sfc. Ashley displayed extraordinary heroism in risking his life in an attempt to save the lives of his entrapped comrades and commanding officer. His total disregard for his personal safety while exposed to enemy observation and automatic weapons fire was an inspiration to all men committed to the assault. The resolute valor with which he led 5 gallant charges placed critical diversionary pressure on the attacking enemy and his valiant efforts carved a channel in the overpowering enemy forces and weapons positions through which the survivors of Camp Lang Vei eventually escaped to freedom. Sfc. Ashley's bravery, at the cost of his life was in the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.



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Last name: ASHLEY

First name: EUGENE JR

Home of Record (official): WILMINGTON

State (official): NC

Date of Birth: Tuesday, October 20, 1931

Sex: Male

Race: Negro

Marital Status: Married



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Branch: Army

Rank: SFC

Serial Number: 12392673

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E7

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11F4S



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Start of Tour: Friday, January 12, 1968

Date of Casualty: Wednesday, February 7, 1968

Age at time of loss: 36

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Artillery, rocket, mortar (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Tri

The Wall: Panel 37E - Row 077

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