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First Name: James

Last Name: Aston

Birthplace: Scurry, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Wichita Falls, TX
Middle Name: Michael

Date of Birth: 13 April 1950

Date of Death: 19 March 1969

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
James Michael Aston

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


James Michael Aston

Private 1st Class, U. S. Marine Corps

Navy Cross

Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class James Michael Aston (MCSN: 2450092), United States 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.

Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 232395   Created by: MHOH




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