Today on Veterans Day, we wish to honor one of our founders, LTC Hughes Lanier Ash, Jr., fondly known to many as Sonny.
LTC Hughes Lanier Ash, Jr. (Sonny) graduated from the USMA at West Point in l960, meritoriously serving in the U. S. Army 28 years from 1960-1988 with three tours of duty in Vietnam. He received the Vietnam Service Medal (8th Awd.), Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Staff Service Medal (1st Class), Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm during his service there. In addition Sonny also received the Bronze Star Medal (3 Awds. – one with “V” device), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Awd.), Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachute Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, and the Pathfinder Badge during his 17 years as an Infantry Officer. As a Personnel Officer for the remaining 11 years of his military career, he was the Director of the Language School at the USAJFKSWC, one of his most enjoyable and rewarding assignments at Ft. Bragg.
After retirement from military service in 1988, Sonny made Fayetteville his home, pursuing business ventures in financial planning, insurance, and real estate. His last retirement project, along with Ms. Debbie Hanks, was Ashby’s Menswear. Sadly, this would be Sonny’s final business venture, falling ill on the day of Ashby’s Grand Opening, April 17th, 2010, and losing his final battle on July 25th, 2010. Sonny left a great legacy for all of us who work here at Ashby’s. On this special day of recognition for all veterans, we extend our sincere thanks for your military service and will always strive to honor your sacrifices for our freedom.