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MM1 Charles Edward Ashton

Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 1 Mar 1942 (aged 30)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56750935 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 15, 1945.

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Husband of Irene Genevieve Ashton who resided at 36 Dayton Street, Rochester, New York during the war.

Charles served as a Machinist's Mate 1st Class on the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He enlisted in the Navy on October 4, 1939 in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington.

The Houston was known as the "Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast".

The Houston was hit by multiple torpedo's in the Battle of Sunda Strait, which was between Java and Sumatra.

Once the Houston was disabled and dead in the water Japanese destroyers moved in, and machine-gunning the decks. A few minutes later, the Houston rolled over and sank.

Of the 1,061 aboard the Houston, 368 survived, including 24 of the 74-man Marine detachment, only to be captured by the Japanese and interned in prison camps.

Houston's fate was not fully known by the world for almost nine months, and the full story of her last fight was not told until the survivors were liberated from prison camps at the end of the war.

Charles was declared "Missing In Action" in the sinking of the Houston.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2341217

He also has a cenotaph at the Riverside Cemetery, Rochester, New York.
For That Record: " Click Here "

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The U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal with "FLEET" clasp, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two battle stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56750935
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for MM1 Charles Edward Ashton (22 Aug 1911–1 Mar 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56750935, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .