A courageous military serviceman honored for his selfless acts of courage

Edgar Allen Asbury, Jr. was born on June 9, 1918 in Byars, Oklahoma. He was a proud Chickasaw and served in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1943 to 1946 in the glider artillery. He later went on to serve in the Pathfinders, which invaded Normandy. Asbury received a Bronze Arrowhead and four Battle Stars for his courage and extensive service. He was also honored with a Purple Heart for his bravery. The Chickasaw’s selfless acts of courage saved the lives of his commander, a glider crew and members of his unit.

After his military service, Asbury went on to work in the transportation industry for 35 years, serving as a salesman for Red Arrow Motor Freight Company and Superintendent of Transportation for East Texas Motor Freight.

Asbury and his wife, Dorothy, traveled to Europe for the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy with the 82nd Airborne Association. He was the first American to have the honor of carrying the American flag and leading the parade in Leicester, England, with the 82nd Airborne Association.

In 2002, Asbury was inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame for his extensive military service. He passed away on October 16, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 88.

Accomplishments

  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2002
  • One of 18 honorary members of the National Glider Pilots Association
  • Awarded the Purple Heart 50 years after D-Day
  • Awarded with four Battle Stars and a Bronze Arrowhead for serving with the Pathfinders