Sergeant Eugene Ashley
Born in Wilmington, 10/12/31 and Died in South Vietnam on February 7th in 1968.
Who was the Sgt. Eugene Ashley? “a professional non commissioned officer who took care of his troops and exuded a fatherly figure, a leader, an inspiring hero”
The day: The North Vietnamese were using tanks for the first time in the war and attacked Lang Vei on February 6th, 1968. American forces were trapped without any anti-tank weapons, Sgt. Ashley went into action to rescue his fellow soldiers and lead five assaults to cut a path through the tanks and hold off the advancing enemy. An escape route was created and five of the seven tanks were destroyed. Only two American soldiers died on that day in Lang Vei and one of them was Sergeant Eugene Ashley. He was wounded by machine gun fire and placed in a jeep for transport. While waiting for a driver a mortar shell mortally wounded him. Sergeant Eugene Ashley paid the ultimate price for his soldiers and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1967.
Searching for Eagles
Every year we challenge our athletes to Pursue Excellence, Achievement, Honor, and Provide Service to others. Every successful corporation in the world is looking for “Eagles”, people who soar above the rest. "Eagles don't flock. You have to find them one at a time.
"To identify the eagles, we look for people who are authentic, have high self-esteem and character, embrace/accelerate change, seek out challenges, work well under pressure, take evaluated risks, and persevere through adversity.
Eagles come in all shapes, sizes, genders and colors. Because Eagles are continually striving to improve their performance, they have the ability to effect change and inspire others into action. Eagles that soar refuse to sit back, complain, and wish things would happen. They create a plan and take action. Because you believe in yourself and you’re committed to a cause, you take actions necessary to create it. Just like Sergeant Eugene Ashley did in Lang Vei.