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LCpl Ashton Nathaniel Loney
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Birth: Jun. 18, 1954
Albany County
New York, USA
Death: May 15, 1975, Cambodia

In Memory of LCPL Ashton Nathaniel Loney.
*** Lance Corporal Loney was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. On May 15, 1975, he was Killed by small arms fire on Koh Tang Island, Cambodia. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

Age: 20
Race: Negro
Date of Birth Jun 18, 1954
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Fitz Ruben Loney was Born April 9, 1920 in NY and Died May 1984 at the age of 64 yrs. and Mother, Virginia Estephanie Jack Loney was Born Nov. 29, 1922 in NY, Died Aug. 24, 2006 in Kissimmee, Osceola Co., Floria at the age of 84 yrs. old. He had 15 brothers and sisters. One brother, Nick.

***** I was the last to see him alive.
Mark Dick
los angeles ca 90023 usa

***** My name is Jonathan Gomez, he was my uncle, my mothers brother, he was one of 15 and the first one of my grandmother's Virginia Loney) 15 children to die.
Jonathan Gomez (Loney Fam)

***** ( Photo ) - Ashton Nathaniel Loney's name is found among the Albany County (NY) dead from the brutal Vietnam War. His name is located in the center of the second-to-last line of the tablet. The Memorial is located across from the New York State Capital building in Lafayette Park, Albany, NY.
John Battin

His tour began on May 15, 1975
Casualty was on May 15, 1975
Service: United States Marine Corps
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Lance Corporal
ID No: 212760723

Incident Date: 05/15/1975
Casualty Date: 05/15/1975
Age at Loss: 20
Location: Province not reported, Cambodia
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

Body was not recovered
Panel 01W - Line 131

Other Personnel in Incident: Ashton N. Loney (missing from Koah Tang Island); Lynn Blessing; Walter Boyd; Gregory S. Copenhaver; Andres Garcia; Bernard Gause Jr., James J. Jacques; Ronald J. Manning; James R. Maxwell; Richard W. Rivenburgh; Antonio R. Sandoval; Kelton R. Turner; Richard Van de Geer (all missing on CH53A); Gary L. Hall; Joseph N. Hargrove;Danny G. Marshall (missing on Koah Tang Island); Elwood E. Rumbaugh (missing from a CH53A)

Early in the morning of May 13, the Mayaguez was ordered to head for Koh Tang island.

Its crew was loaded aboard a Thai fishing boat and taken to Rong San Lem island. U.S. intelligence had observed a cove with considerable activity on the island of Koh Tang, a small five-mile long island about 35 miles off the coast of Cambodia and believed that some of the crew might be held there.

They also knew of the Thai fishing boat, and had observed what appeared to be caucasians aboard it, but it could not be determined if some or all of the crew was aboard.

The USS HOLT was ordered to seize and secure the MAYAGUEZ, still anchored off Koh Tang. Marines were to land on the island and rescue any of the crew. Navy jets from the USS CORAL SEA were to make 4 strikes on military installments on the Cambodian mainland.

The Marines of the 2/9 were making their landings on two other areas of the island. The Marines hoped to surround the compound.

Late in the afternoon, the assault force had consolidated its position on the western landing zone and the eastern landing zone was evacuated at 6:00 p.m.

By the end of the 14-hour operation, most of the Marines were extracted from the island safely, with 50 wounded.

Lcpl. Ashton Loney had been killed by enemy fire, but his body could not be recovered.

Because of intense direct and indirect fire during the operation, the bodies of Marines who were killed were left where they died.

Such is the case of LCpl Ashton Loney, who had been killed by enemy fire early in the battle.


Note: Looking for hometown location of his Memorial Headstone.
Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31323, -157.84734
*Cenotaph [?]
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Oct 25, 2010
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LCpl Ashton Nathaniel Loney
Added by: Debbie (Tetrault) & Bruce Almeida
LCpl Ashton Nathaniel Loney
Added by: Eddieb
LCpl Ashton Nathaniel Loney
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