John Forrest Ashford


General Studies

Cadet First Lieutenant, platoon leader Company M, Third Battalion, Second Regiment.

Georgetown, SC

Army, First Lieutenant

126 Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division

Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

Sep 25, 1917

Mar 21, 1945

Killed in Action by an enemy grenade on Luzon, PI.

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. Memorial at Elmwood Cemetery, Georgetown, SC


Personal Remembrances



Patti Burns, Georgetown County Library, wrote: Lt. Ashford’s sister (Elizabeth Ashford) wrote a family genealogy “The Bellune Family” she says the following about her brother:

“John Forrest Ashford, born 25 September 1917, attended Clemson College and served in the Pacific during WWII, first as a paratrooper, transferred to the 32nd Infantry Division after making a parachute landing in the Markham Valley, New Guinea.  He was a First Lieutenant at the time he was killed on Luzon, PI on 21 March 1945.  He is buried in the American Cemetery in Manila PI.”

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