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James Michael Aston
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Birth: Apr. 13, 1950
Scurry
Kaufman County
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 19, 1969
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam

USMC Navy Cross Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to James Michael Aston (2450092), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Mortar Ammunition Man in Company H, Second Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 19 March 1969. Private First Class Aston was participating in a company- sized operation through thick brush and chest high elephant grass in Quang Nam Province when he tripped a hidden enemy explosive device. Fully aware of the probable consequences of his daring action but thinking only of the welfare of several nearby companions, he unhesitatingly threw himself across the lethal object and was mortally wounded as he absorbed the concussion of the detonation. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines. By his courage, selfless concern for his fellow men and unwavering devotion to duty, Private First Class Aston upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Home Town: Wichita Falls, Texas

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company H

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines, 9th Amphibious Brigade

Division: III Marine Amphibious Force



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 Parents:
  James R. Aston (1925 - 1979)
  Ruby Joyce Daniel Aston (1928 - 2004)
 
Burial:
Vashti Cemetery
Vashti
Clay County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: TheMirrorBlue
Record added: Oct 11, 2010
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James Michael Aston
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Thank You.
- Honor WWII
 Added: Dec. 5, 2014
Thank you for your great sacrifice in trying to save others and in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Jun. 20, 2012
The Navy Cross, ranks 2nd in the Awards for Valorous Action in Combat for the Naval Services. KIA while serving Private First Class with H CO, 2ND BN, 26TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAFUnited States Marine Corps, from Wichita Falls, Texas. JAMES M ASTON ...(Read more)
- Billy M. Brown
 Added: Nov. 13, 2011
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