Young County Heroes

They Paid Dearly That We Might Live Freely. Remember Them.

Ashley, Arthur Edward

ARTHUR EDWARD ASHLEY – US ARMY – WORLD WAR II. He was born to: Etha Eliza Coonrod-Ashley and Harry Ashley on July 13, 1926 and died July 1,1985. Army Entry: 13 Dec 1944 in Chicago, IL – Discharge: 19 Aug 1946 in Ft Sheridan, IL. PFC Company “D” 81st Infantry Division 323
Stationed: Southern Philippines / Infantry & Cook. He received the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/1 Bronze, Battle Star, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon w/1 Bronze Battle Star, and the Overseas Service Bar.
A family story told by this Veteran to his daughter: One holiday the troops were promised chicken. When Arthur started to prepare the chicken he discovered it was so rotten it fell off the bone when picked up. The Commanding Officer insisted it be cooked. Arthur warned everyone he could, not to eat the chicken including his own brother Irvan. Needless to say everyone who ate the chicken got sick, including Irvan. Arthur would never eat chicken after that day. We thank the family for submitting information and photo and this Veteran for his service.
This person is listed on the Young County Service Roster Page in the original mid-1940's publication, "Men and Women In The Armed Forces From Young County Texas". We did not find him located on the picture pages of the book.