1st Lt. Ashley White Stumpf was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on October 22, 2011 when the assault force she was supporting triggered an improvised explosive device. Ashley was assigned to the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, Goldsboro, NC and served as a member of a Cultural Support Team attached to a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. As a Cultural Support Team Member on her first deployment to Afghanistan, White selflessly served. Ashley’s actions exemplify the highest commitment to duty, honor, and country. In every instance she served with distinction in support of the Task Force and our great nation.

Ashley was born on September 3, 1987 to parents Robert and Deborah White. Ashley is survived by Robert, Deborah, her twin sister Brittany, brother Josh, and husband Cpt. Jason Stumpf. Ashley was a graduate of Marlington High School (2005) and Kent State University (2009). Ashley is remembered not simply as an exemplary solider but as the best daughter, sister, wife and friend anyone could hope to have.

Ashley was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer after her graduation from Kent State University. She completed the Medical Services Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and the U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, GA. Ashley was assigned to Co. C, 230th Bde. Support Bn., NC National Guard where she served as an Evacuation Platoon Leader. Her awards and decorations include the Parachutists Badge, the Ohio Faithful Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Reserve Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Ashley was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

Ashley inspired all those around her and it is the hope of her family and friends that her life will continue to inspire. The Ashley White-Stumpf Memorial Scholarship was created to benefit one female graduate of Marlington High School each year. The scholarship provides financial assistant to one student each year who shares Ashley’s strong work ethic and passion for physical fitness.  If you are interested in contributing to the Ashley White-Stumpf Memorial scholarship click here.

A number of events have been held and a number of memorials are planned to honor Ashley. For more information see the tabs above and continue to check back on this site.

Ashley on her wedding day sharing a laugh with her sister Brittany.


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  1. Liam Da Coasta Athias Babington

     /  July 2, 2015

    A US Veteran half way around the world here in Norway!! I got a memorial bracelet with her name on it!! Wear it with pride!!

  2. Michelle

     /  July 8, 2015

    I just finished the book, “Ashley’s War” and cried. I am honored to have such an amazing woman represent all of us in combat. She is an inspiration to us all that have and continue to serve.

  3. albert mcginnis

     /  July 13, 2015


  4. Major Miller, Retired, AZANG

     /  July 31, 2015

    I have also just completed the book “Ashley’s War” which was exceptionally moving to me. For all of the CST members who worked with her, I felt their pain with her death. For Gayle Lemmon, the entire White family and most importantly, Capt. Jason Stumpf, thank you for sharing her with us. Her service to our country is the highest honor she could give and good Americans will respect and honor her, forever.

  5. Monica Roth

     /  August 24, 2015

    As I read Ashley’s War and have gotten to the part she passes, I’ve been crying like a baby. I admire all these women and their courage. Rest in Peace ma’am, you are an inspiration even after you passed away.

  6. LTC (R) Travis Burchett

     /  August 25, 2015

    I teach Army JROTC. Today, I showed Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s video that tells 1LT White’s story. My kids loved it.
    1LT White was a Medical Service Corps officer, as was I. Rest easy.

  7. Vikki Goodwin

     /  September 14, 2015

    Just finished reading Ashley’s War. I wept in gratitude and grief at Ashley’s death. She and her sister soldiers are great patriots and heroines. I was challenged and inspired and proud of my country when I finished the book. Their story continues in those they have inspired. God bless every one of them and their families.

  8. Brett Conley

     /  November 11, 2015

    Today, I completed the crossfit Hero wod “White” in Ashley’s honor. My crossfit box, Crossfit Vicarious in Milford, DE, selected her Hero wod for today, in honor of her ultimate sacrifice and to remember our Veterans everywhere. It was the least we could do to show our thanks for our freedom. RIP Ashley.

  9. nyarko enock

     /  March 7, 2016

    May her soul rest in peace.

  10. Marilyn

     /  May 3, 2016

    Bought the book Ashley’s War over a year ago after hearing her story on the Today Show. I finally read the book today in one setting. Awesome! Brave! Brought tears to my eyes. I now have a new HERO!

    I will never forget her story.

  11. Deagan Foster

     /  May 20, 2016

    I had to right a report on Heros and I picked Askley because anyone who will risk there life to make ours better is a hero thank you

  12. Michael

     /  June 22, 2016

    After finishing reading the book Ashley’s War today, I felt that I forever lost a few friends. As a Retired Army SNCO, with two tours with the Ranger Regiment, the books telling of the military personnel initially left me exhilarated, and when 1LT White and the Rangers she was there to assist and protect passed on, I emotionally crashed and burned.

    This book is another masterpiece in regards to Quiet Professionalism and Selfless Service.

  13. A good friend of our family, Meghan Curran, of Chelmsford, Mass. served with and became good friends with Ashley. In fact, it was Meghan who was sent to replace her when tragedy struck. They are true American heroes. Through the book and Meghan’s accounts, which I shared in The Sun newspaper of Lowell, Mass., I feel I’ve gotten to know her a little. Wish I had for real. In Any case, wrote a song inspired by those accounts and the book. Feel free to email me if you’d like an MP3 to share on the site. Sincerely, Kris Pisarik


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