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Ashley, Charles Russel

Rank and Name, Seaman Second Class Charles Russel Ashley.

Unit/Placed in, USS William C. Miller (DE-259) Destroyer, United States Naval Reserve.


Charles is born approx. on 1925 in Wisconsin.

Father, Russell D. Ashley.

Mother, Jennie Ashley.

Sister(s), Marvel L. and Phillipa G. and Leone Ashley.

Brother(s), Forest and Alfred Ashley.


Charles enlisted the service in Wisconsin with service number # 3063837.


Charles died when was he was emptying a Garbage Can and fell overboard on 12 March 1945, he is honored with a Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

Charles is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.

Courts of the missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Silver Lake Cemetery, Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin, VS.


Thanks to, http://www.navsource.org/archives/06/259.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


“Ashley was as mess cook on the Miller.

He and another man were dumping an unusually heavy G.I. can when the ship gave a lurch.

His partner lost his grip on one handle and ASHLEY, either attempting to hold on to the can or being unable to extricate his hand from the handle, lost his balance and fell overboard.

While mess cooks have been instructed in the dangers of working near lifeline in rough weather and some have worn life jackets for their own protection, ASHLEY had none one.

Subsequently all men dumping garbage have been ordered to wear life jackets at all times.”

USS William C. Miller_(DE-259) Destroyer
His rank Seaman Second Class