Vincent W Ashlock
(1965 - 2010)

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Vincent W Ashlock
Nickname: Vin

Birth:
California, United States of America
September 9, 1965

Passing:
Khost, Afghanistan
December 24, 2010


Memorial
In loving memory of Vincent W. Ashlock.

A Memorial Service for Vincent has been set for Friday, December 31st at Fort Ord at 7:30 p.m. for the saluting of "One Last Flag."

Funeral Services will be held at Seaside Funeral Home on Monday, January 3rd at 1:15 p.m. and Burial Services will be held at Mission Memorial Park following Funeral Services.
1915 Ord Grove Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955-4130



"ASHLOCK, VINCENT W., 45, of Seaside, California, passed away Dec. 24th, 2010. He was born in Lakewood and was a graduate of North Olmsted High School. Ashlock was a U.S. Army Veteran and served in Afghanistan. He was the loving husband of Kimberly Pier-Ashlock. Loving father of Catherine Pier and Mark Ashlock. Dear brother of Margaret M. O'Neal, Susan A. Tomcho and John H. Ashlock. Beloved son of the late Earl and Gloria Ashlock.
The family will receive friends on FRIDAY, DEC. 31ST, 2010, FOR THE SALUTING OF "ONE LAST FLAG" MEMORIAL SERVICE AT FORD ORD.
THE FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT SEASIDE FUNERAL HOME FROM 1:15 P.M. UNTIL THE TIME OF A BURIAL SERVICE AT MISSION MEMORIAL PARK, 1915 ORD GROVE AVE. SEASIDE, CA 93955."

Published in the Montery Herald on December 30th, 2010.



The Associated Press

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — A suicide bomb attack that killed six American soldiers in Afghanistan used enough explosives to bring down the building the soldiers were in, their commander said Tuesday.

The soldiers were all from the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Ky. The division’s commander, Maj. Gen. John Campbell, said during a videoconference from Afghanistan that 11 soldiers were wounded in the Sunday attack but many were able to return to duty.

Campbell said the attack vehicle, which officials in Afghanistan said was a minibus, was loaded with an estimated 1,000 pounds of explosives. He said the vehicle got past an Afghan security point near a joint NATO-Afghan outpost, hit a mud wall and then exploded just outside the building, which collapsed on top of the soldiers. He didn’t describe the type of building they were in.

He said the outpost was in the Zhari district of Kandahar province, the Taliban’s homeland and where the military has launched offensives to clear out insurgents this year.

“This was an area that we had gone through, and they were continuing to clear it. I don’t think they were completely done with the clearance,” he said. The soldiers were living together with Afghans in the outpost, he said.

The Department of Defense named the men as Cpl. Sean M. Collins, 25, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; Cpl. Willie A. McLawhorn Jr., 23, of Conway, N.C.; Spc. Patrick D. Deans, 22, of Orlando, Fla.; Spc. Kenneth E. Necochea Jr., 21, of San Diego, Calif.; Spc. Cpl Vincent Ashlock, 45, of Seaside, Calif.; and Spc. Jorge E. Villacis, 24, of Sunrise, Fla.

The soldiers were all members of Company B., 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

NATO spokesman Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz said Monday several suspects had been arrested in Afghanistan for the bombing.

Campbell stressed that the Afghans at the security point did attempt to stop the vehicle, but he couldn’t provide details as the investigation was continuing. He was also not sure whether the attackers used Afghan security uniforms, a tactic that has been used in other attacks on NATO bases.

Fort Campbell has lost 104 soldiers this year in Afghanistan, where the division has fielded fighters in some of the country’s most violent regions.

“Our sincere condolences go out to families and communities at Fort Campbell and we will keep the families in our thoughts and prayers,” he said.

The attack came less than a month after six Fort Campbell solders were shot and killed by a lone gunman from the Afghan Border Police during a training mission in Nangahar province.

It also came just days ahead of a major White House review of its Afghan strategy, following President Barack Obama’s decision last year to send 30,000 reinforcements in a bid to reverse gains by the Taliban since they were ousted from power in the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Campbell said insurgents were trying to find new ways to get past security and hit coalition forces.

“The insurgents are going to try to take advantage of this seam and sneak people on, so we are really looking hard at force protection and how they inspect people coming on and off combat outposts,” Campbell said.

He said despite the recent high casualties, morale remains high among the division’s soldiers.

“We can’t let the enemy drive a wedge between our forces and the Afghan security forces,” he said.

Published in the Associated Press on December 27th, 2010.

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I am so very sorry to hear of Vincent's passing. He and I attended Basic Training together at Fort Benning, GA and I remember him well. Out-of-the blue, I was drawn to Google his name today when I heard of the news.

I remember Vincent as one of the good and decent men in our platoon. I hope that my small attempt at condolences will comfort all of his family.

With Deepest Sympathy
John Ruger (Former soldier)
December 10th, 2011
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Catherine Pier
January 7th, 2011
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January 7th, 2011

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