Ashurst, William, BGen

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Brigadier General
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0302-Infantry Officer
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1941-1945, 9906, Marine Security Guard (MSG)
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Michael Frederick (Fred) to remember Marine BGen William Ashurst.

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C.O. of North China Marines (Peiping & Tientsin) guard detachments. Taken prisoner by Japanese, Dec. 1941. Held in Woosung, Kiangwan, Fengtai, Hakodate #4 POW camps from 1941 until 1945.

Colonel William H. Ashurst, his executive officer, Major Luther A. Brown, and Major Devereux ensured that their fellow Marines would never succumb to their captors. Ashurst and Brown, using Brown?s battered copy of the Army field manual, The Rules for Land Warfare, repeatedly confronted Japanese officers with their violations of the Geneva Convention of 1929, prescribing proper treatment of prisoners of war.

Liberated from Hakodate No. 4 POW Camp, Japan, Sept. 1945

Other Comments:
Distinguished Marksman - 1921
Distinguished Pistol Shot - 1928

Winner of National Trophy Individual Rifle Match (Daniel Boone Trophy) - 1924

Winner of National Rifle Match at Camp Perry Ohio (Wimbledon Cup) with a perfect score of 100 - 1925

Author of "A Study of Naval Gunfire Support for Infantry in a Landing on a Hostile Shore" at Command and General Staff College, 1935

Served on the board toXevalXuate the M-1 Garand rifle for USMC use. He and LtCol. Edson preferred the '03 Springfield.

W.W. Ashurst Elementary is one of the four Virginia Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools aboard the Quantico Marine Corps Base. Educational opportunities for pre-kindergarten through grade twelve are available to all families who reside aboard the Base.

Named in honor of Brigadier General William Wallace Ashurst, W.W. Ashurst Elementary School was opened in 1965.
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Distinguished Marksman Badge (Gold)Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge (Gold)National Trophy Rifle Match Badge (Gold)

 Unit Assignments
US Army Command and General Staff College1st Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (1/6)6th Marine RegimentMARDET American Legation, Peking, China
Marine Security Guard (MSG)
  1934-1935, 0302, US Army Command and General Staff College
  1939-1941, 0302, 1st Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (1/6)
  1939-1941, 0302, 6th Marine Regiment
  1941-1945, 9906, MARDET American Legation, Peking, China
  1941-1945, 9906, Marine Security Guard (MSG)
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  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1945 World War II5
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