ASHTON, CURTIS MORRIS
ASHTON, CURTIS MORRIS
Rank / Branch:
AE1, E-6 U.S. NAVY
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE, MULTIPLE FR
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CURTIS MORRIS ASHTON, AIRCRAFT ELECTRICIAN'S MATE, FIRST, SWEETWATER, NOLAN COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Navy Seal Badge, Underwater Demolition Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star with V and two Gold Stars, Purple Heart with two Gold Star, Navy Commendations Medal with V and Gold Star, Navy Achievement Medal with V, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Gold Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Military Merit Medal.
Curtis Morris Ashton was born in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas, the son of Alpha Omega Coan and Richard Walter Ashton. He was the youngest of six children. His family moved to Sweetwater when he was seven years old and he attended Sweetwater Schools through the sophomore year. Before his junior year, he moved to Tye and lived with his older brother, Troy and his family. He attended school there. He moved back to Sweetwater and dropped out of high school his senior year and joined the Navy in January 1965. He completed the requirements for his GED in the Navy.
Sweetwater High School-1964
He completed his recruit training at the Naval Recruit Training Depot at San Diego, California and then completed training as an electrician’s mate. He served with the fleet and served off the coast of North Vietnam at Yankee station in 1966. After his tour with the fleet, he applied for Seal Training and was accepted. He completed the training in June 1967 and then married Stephanie Huddleston, his childhood sweetheart from Sweetwater, July 15, 1967.
He completed a voluntary tour in Vietnam as a member of the 7th Seal Platoon from October 1967 through June 1968. He returned for a second tour with the 7th Seal Team from October 1968 through May 1969. He re-enlisted on June 15, 1969 and was promoted to AE1, E-6. He began his third voluntary tour on December 12, 1969 and was a member of Seal Team 2. He had completed over 150 SEAL missions in his two previous tours and was the recipient of two purple hearts and many awards for valor. According to a SEAL buddy, he was loyal, fearless and was deadly with a Stoner Machine Gun. He went anywhere at anytime to complete a mission.
On December 27, 1969, Ashton was killed in action when an explosion occurred near his patrol area 21 kilometers southeast of Nha Be. Ashton was in a water borne guard post, WBGP, with five seals and six PRU troops. They called in a light helicopter fire team, LHFT, to place a strike of lights south of their position. At 2345 hours, ordinance exploded within the guard post resulting in Ashton's death and the wounding of a PRU. He had been back in country a little over 2 weeks.
After 1st Tour, Being Awarded Bronze Star and Navy Commendation's Medal for Valor
He was buried in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sweetwater with full military honors. He was survived by his wife, Stephnie of Virginia Beach, Virginia; his parents of Sweetwater, his sisters: Helen Tommie, of Colorado Spring, Colorado; Carol Nezat of Fort Walton, Florida and his brothers: Troy of Glen Burnie, Maryland; Gene of Lovington, New Mexico; and Gayland of Pleasanton, Texas.
Garden of Memorie's Cemetery, Sweetwater, Texas
His father passed away in 1986 and his mother in 1995, they are buried near him. His sister, Helen Tommie and his brothers, Troy and Gene are now deceased. His wife, Stephanie Nelson, married a mutual friend of Curtis and her from Sweetwater. She lives in McDade, Texas.