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, Navy Parachute Wings, Bronze Star with V and two Gold Stars, Purple Heart with two Gold Stars, Navy Commendations Medal with V, Navy Achievement Medal with V, Navy Combat Action Medal, 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 in Aviation Electronics at the NAS, Jacksonville, Florida. He served at NAS, Corpus Christi from October1965 to April 1966. Petty Officer Ashton attended Underwater Demolition Team Replacement training at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, from May to August 1966, and then served with UDT-22 at NAB Little Creek from August 1966 to March 1967. Petty Officer Ashton transferred to SEAL Team TWO at NAB Little Creek in March 1967. He married Stephanie Huddleston, his childhood sweetheart from Sweetwater on July 15, 1967.
After serving back at NAB Little Creek with SEAL Team TWO from April to October 1968, he redeployed to South Vietnam with his Team from October 1968 to April 1969. He reenlisted on July 15, 1969 and was promoted to AE1, E-6. While stationed back at NAB Little Creek, he attended Special Operations Training at NAB Coronado, California, and Gunfire Support School at NAB Little Creek, before returning to South Vietnam with SEAL Team TWO for his third tour of duty in early December 1969. In all, he had completed over 150 Seal missions. 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.