RAYMOND J ASHNAULT
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HONORED ON PANEL 19W, LINE 65 OF THE WALL

RAYMOND JOHN ASHNAULT

WALL NAME

RAYMOND J ASHNAULT

PANEL / LINE

19W/65

DATE OF BIRTH

04/17/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/19/1969

HOME OF RECORD

CRANFORD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Union County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RAYMOND JOHN ASHNAULT
POSTED ON 9.27.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Misadventure (Friendly fire)

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]
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POSTED ON 8.19.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

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.
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POSTED ON 10.6.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

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.
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POSTED ON 12.5.2015
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SP4 Raymond J. Ashnault

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]
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POSTED ON 3.4.2015
POSTED BY: Paul Patterson

Cranford

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.
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