Frank Louis AsherCorporal
D CO, 1ST BN, 506TH INFANTRY, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
10 August 1949 - 21 July 1970
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The database page for Frank Louis Asher
We lived in the same small town, Darrtown, Ohio, and went to school together. Like all kids growing up we had our good times and bad times but most were good. Lonnie as we called him was just an ordinary kid like most of us who went to the Nam. I just feel, as another veteran, that all veterans who made the supreme sacrifice should be recognized for their service. Sadly I never saw Lonnie after high school and didn't know he had died until a few years later. Regardless I will always remember him because he was a fellow SCREAMING EAGLE.
From a friend.
Frank Asher was in my Platoon.
A Note from The Virtual WallHill 927 was located 20 miles due west of Hue and about 7 miles northeast of the northern end of the A Shau Valley. The 1st Cavalry Division built Fire Support Base Carol on Hill 927 in 1968, and it was used by elements of the 101st Airborne as early as January 1969. The position was of considerable importance because it lay only 5 miles north of Hill 1615, also known as Co Pung Mountain or "The Warehouse", wherein was hidden a major logistics complex which supported the North Vietnamese Army's 29th and 803rd Regiments.
Hill 927 was abandoned, then reopened by ground assault on 11 Apr 1970. Elements of the 101st Airborne took up residence in what was now known as Fire Support Base Ripcord and proceeded to make life miserable for the NVA commands in and around the Co Pung. This situation elicited a violent response from the NVA leading to the "Siege of FSB Ripcord" in June-July 1970. The three-week period covering the siege cost the 101st Airborne 75 killed and 345 wounded in action before FSB Ripcord was again abandoned on 23 July 1970.
Hill 805, which lies 1.5 kilometers east-southeast of FSB Ripcord, was the location of heavy fighting throughout much of July. On 21 July, "D" Company, 1/506th Infantry, lost four men there:
The following day "A" Company, 2/506, lost 12 men in an equally brutal fight on Hill 805.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 4 Mar 2003
Last updated 02/29/2008