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Ashford, Chester Windell

Rank and Name, Water Tender Second Class Chester Windell Ashford.

Unit/Placed in, USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Cruiser, United States Navy.


Chester is born approx. on 14 Aug. 1925 in Missouri.

Father, Warren C. Ashford.

Mother, Audra (Gaines) Ashford.

Sister(s), Eunice D. Winona L. and Quida Ashford.

Brother(s), Harvey Ashford.


Chester enlisted the service in Missouri with service number # 6297188.


Chester was KIA when the Japanese Submarine I-58 Torpedoed the USS Indianapolis and she Sunk at the Philippine Sea on July 30, 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Chester is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

He is also Mentioned at U.S.S. Indianapolis National Memorial

Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA.

A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.


Thanks to, http://www.maritimequest.com/warship_directory/us_navy_pages/cruisers/pages/uss_indianapolis_ca35_roll_of_honor.htm

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

USS Indianapolis (CA-35 Cruiser
A scene from "USS Indianapolis: The Legacy," one of four films playing this weekend at the Best of the Fest event at the Artcraft Theatre. The mini film festival features some of the best selections from this year's Heartcraft Film Festival. Submitted
Japanese submarine I-58
His rank Water Tender Second Class