Ashley, Eugene, Jr., SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11F40-Infantry Operations and Intelligence NCO
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1968, 11F40, Company C (ICTZ) Detachment C-1 (Danang) & Staff /Det A-101 (Khe Sanh/Lang Vei/Mai Loc )
Service Years
1951 - 1968


Special Forces
Sergeant First Class


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Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1930
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilmington, NC
Last Address
Fayetteville, NC

Casualty Date
Feb 07, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rockfish Memorial Park - Fayetteville, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37E, 77

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Infantry Shoulder Cord


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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryMedal of Honor
  2017, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

Master Parachutist
Special Forces
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 
 Unit Assignments
5th Special Forces Group (A)
  1966-1968, 11F40, Company C (ICTZ) Detachment C-1 (Danang) & Staff /Det A-101 (Khe Sanh/Lang Vei/Mai Loc )
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Battle of Lang Vei 6 to 7 Feb 68
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

 

Army Medal of Honor
 

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 Advisor of a hastily organized assault force whose mission was to rescue entrapped U.S. special forces advisors 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 booby-trapped 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.
 

Sergeant Ashley's Medal was posthumously awarded to his family at the White House by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew on December 2, 1969.

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 February 7, 1968. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Born: October 12, 1931, Wilmington, N.C.
 

   
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