Sergeant Joshua Ryan Ashley, USMC
On July 19, 2012, Sergeant Joshua Ryan Ashley of the United States Marine Corps. was Killed in Action during combat operations while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Joshua was born on May 27, 1989 in Upland, CA to Jon and Tammie Ashley. Growing up, Joshua lived in both Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga and graduated from Etiwanda High School in 2007. During his years at Etiwanda High, Joshua was a letterman in Water Polo and Swimming and also played for the school's Roller Hockey Team.
Joshua enlisted in the USMC in 2008 and completed boot camp at MCRD-San Diego on October 3rd, 2008. He was a Military Policeman / Military Working Dog Handler. Joshua was stationed overseas for two years in Okinawa, Japan before arriving at Camp Lejeune in 2011. Shortly after arriving at Camp Lejeune, Josh was assigned his Military Working Dog, Sirius. In May 2012, Joshua and MWD Sirius deployed to Afghanistan with the II MEF, 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion.
Joshua earned a Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with 2 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign (with Bronze Star), NATO ISAF Afghanistan Medal, Pistol Expert Badge and Rifle Expert Badge. In 2010, Joshua was selected as Marine of the Quarter and subsequently Marine of the Year for Marine Corps Base Okinawa.
Joshua is preceded in death by his Nana, Marlene Newport, his Papa, Douglas Newport, and his Uncle Tony, Anthony Giordano Jr.
Joshua is survived by his mother Tammie Ashley, father Jon Ashley, brothers Jon and Jordan, as well as his dogs Sirius and Jakob. Additional family members include his Uncle Joey, Lt. Joseph Giordano, and Uncle Todd Giordano.
Funeral Services will be held at Hillside Community Church in Rancho Cucamonga, California on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM. Graveside services and internment to follow at Bellevue Cemetery in Ontario, California.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation in the name of Sgt. Joshua Ashley be made to: Operation Community Cares - 12223 Highland, #106-421, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca 91739 or
USO, Ontario Airport - 1940 E Moore Way, Ontario, Ca 91764.
A memorial book has been made in his name at http://www.facebook.com/#!/CPLJRA
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin from July 31 to Aug. 2, 2012