Doyle H. Asher

NAME
Doyle Hugh Asher
NICKNAME
MCSN
266804
HOME OF RECORD
Chanute, KS
NEXT OF KIN
Parents, Hugh & Hattie Asher
DATE OF BIRTH
August 27, 1919
ENTERED SERVICE
August 1, 1938
DATE OF LOSS
November 18, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
B/1/8th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 18 November 1942, Company B of the 8th Marines crossed over the Matanikau River to patrol ahead of and provide security for an Army unit that would later lead the resumed offensive towards Kokumbona. The Marines encountered no resistance until they reached a point just east of Point Cruz. Hidden snipers killed Sergeant William A. Smith and Corporal Doyle H. Asher in quick succession; the platoon suffered additional casualties while attempting to retrieve the bodies.

Doyle Asher was reportedly buried near where he fell. However, the official coordinates were entered incorrectly, making the exact site impossible to find. Subsequent fighting and base construction may have destroyed his actual grave site.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Corporal
STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field
Location reported as 71 – 200.7, North Coast Guadalcanal
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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My hand is shaking. I don’t know where this sniper is. And a corporal from the weapons platoon comes up… stands right in front of me with his Tommy gun across his arm and he says, “What the hell is going on?” And I said, “There are Japs here somewhere….” While he’s talking to me, the sniper zeroed in on him and shot him right through the head. And his helmet came bouncing off the deck right next to me.
Anyway, the platoon leader comes up… he said “We’re gonna pick up the bodies.” I don’t remember whether he blew a whistle or yelled, but we moved and we were going to pick up [Asher] and [Smith]. I know there’s a guy up there who’s watching me… he shot me right in the middle of my chest. I’m practically, you know, a couple feet from [Asher]…. The gunner said “That’s enough, get the hell out of here. We’ll leave the bodies here and we’ll come back for them in the morning.”
– Marshall P. Smith, B/1/8th Marines, interview with Jack Sigler on 18 March 2004

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Doyle Asher at Chanute High School, 1938.

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