The passing of Viper Ash

| August 4, 2013

I’ve been lucky enough to be included in an email list of several Vietnam veterans. One was Gary Assell who wrote under the name Viper Ash. 1stCavRVN11B forwarded an email from his son today announcing his passing. Welcome home, brother.

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  1. OWB says:

    RIP, brother.

  2. Just A Vet says:

    From one Nam Vet to another, Rest In Peace Brother! 69-70

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    Rest in peace, man.

  4. Justwondering says:

    Yet another that has left us too soon. He had a huge heart, and was another vet that simply got it done – no matter what. No questions, no excuses, just results. He will be sorely missed.

  5. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    My condolences to his family and friends. He now is among old friends and new at Fiddler’s Green.

  6. 3C3P says:

    RIP. Only blue sky and soft landings fron now on.

  7. Hondo says:

    “We should thank God that such men lived.”

    Rest in peace, my elder brother-in-arms. Rest in peace.

  8. A Proud Infidel & Patriot says:

    Rest in Peace, Warrior, God Bless.

  9. Combat Historian says:

    Thank you, Nam Vet, for your service when so many others would not. RIP…

  10. SRunzicker says:

    Rest in Peace Gary. You will be missed dearly!

  11. streetsweeper says:

    Rest in peace, Gary. I’ll catch up with you at Fiddlers Green, big bro. Save me a chair at your table, order us a po boy can of cold Budweiser and handful of them cigars. Hooah!

  12. 1AirCav69 says:

    Rest in Peace my dear brother. I know your buddies are taking care of you now. We’ll all have a few drinks on the other side where we will feel no pain, no fear, and the comfort of old friends.

    Until then….

    Honor and Courage

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  14. 1stCavRVN11B says:

    Thanks for posting this Jonn. Viper was busting wannabes years before many of us even knew the epidemic was upon us. May you Rest in Peace Gary. It was an honor to know you.