1st Lt. Ashley White 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 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

  14. kenny

     /  August 26, 2016

    She is a hero. Rest In Peace

  15. Maggie

     /  September 17, 2016

    I just finished Ashley’s War and cried for this amazing woman. I am in awe of her life and accomplishments. An unquestionable hero who gave her life for our country and for freedom. It is a debt we can never repay. Her death is a true loss for us all. My deepest and most sincere condolences to her family. I will pray for her and for all the men & women that serve our country. May you rest in peace 1st Lt. Ashley White Stumpf – a true trailblazer.

  16. william miller

     /  October 19, 2016

    I am William Dexter Miller, Jr. I recently finished reading Ashley’s War. I realized about one-third of the way that Ashley was going to go out in a blaze of glory, like so many of us aspire to do, and I did not like it. In Sp Forces Assess. Selection in 1990, about to turn 25, Sep 10, (1965: 4 Planets in Virgo, didn’t occur to me Ashley is a typical Virgo until I read on to the commemorations), I went on record as stating in a forum, that I do not like women in combat, just because I do not want them getting hurt. Upon review of the matter (reading G Lemmon’s book), I realize that Ashley went out of this incarnation the right way, at the right time, as much as it hurts to say so. These CST girls, like the 91-D Surg. Ops. girls for whom I was class leader in 1998, having soldiered through the grinding ordeal of 91-B together, are exceptional…Brandy, a soccer player, named after the song, bc her parents are Mormon hippies; Darcy, whom I pegged correctly from first sight to be a shortstop, both 19, pretty cool…

    I favor a much more peaceful world, by way of a Gaian Confederacy (World Citizens For World Govt–Burlington Vt.), but there may be some more real world ops along the way. Either way, I like soldiering with hard core girls. They make me feel good and I am happy whenever I can say they are my friends.

    I will have an ebook up soon, and I will post the title. It tells of my exploits, and of those of my father, five uncles, and others before me. My people have pounded some ground…Poland, Deuthscland, Algeria, ROK, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Costa Rica…

    I have pounded some ground and I knew some girls along the way.

    I wouldn’t have much of a story without them.

    Bill Miller, Exercise Physiologist, Graduate of Salem State, Ma. ROTC/ABN

    Fb William Miller Ojochal de Osa, Costa Rica;


  17. Jeff

     /  May 3, 2018

    Is the memorial scholarship still accepting contributions? If so, is there new contact info since a few years have passed? Thanks for any info.

    • Info has been updated but here it is directly: Marlington Local Schools Att. Leslie Pierce c/o Ashley White Memorial Scholarship 10320 Moulin Ave Alliance Ohio 44601


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