Benzworld Forum members,
Last year I remember the day clearly here in Iraq when I heard of the passing of United States Army 1st Lt. Ashley L. Henderson Huff on September 19, 2006.
A year has now passed and I wanted to let you know that you are truly an inspiration for us and I salute you and the other fallen service members that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
James Van Thach
United States Army
First Lieutenant Ashley L. Henderson Huff
A former Montgomery Township resident was killed last week in a suicide attack on her convoy in Mosul, Iraq, her father and the Department of Defense confirmed.
First Lt. Ashley L. Huff, whose maiden name was Henderson, had been scheduled to return to her home in Georgia in about six weeks. The 23-year-old was assigned to the 549th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, based out of Fort Stewart, Ga.
During the late 1990s, she lived with her parents, Mark and Janet Henderson, on Cobblestone Court in the Belle Mead section of Montgomery Township.
After high school, she relocated to Athens, Ga., to attend the University of Georgia. After graduating from there in 2004, she moved to Savannah, Ga. Her parents now live in Buford, Ga.
In Iraq working to train that country's police force, she was killed Sept. 19 when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car near her patrol, military officials said. A memorial service was held yesterday for her at Fort Stewart.
Ashley Huff grew up in Louisiana and New Jersey, but she enjoyed living in the South, her father said.
She married her husband, Brian Huff, about a year ago.
"She was a newlywed, so she was looking forward to coming home and buying a house," Mark Henderson said. "After the leave, that's what she was focusing on -- coming home."
Even after she moved to Savannah, she regularly returned to Athens. She rarely missed a University of Georgia football game.
"They were big Dawg fans," her father said.
A 2004 graduate of UGA, Ashley Huff was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority.
The perils of serving in Iraq grew painfully clear to Huff on June 18, 2005, when her friend and fellow UGA Army ROTC classmate, 2nd Lt. Noah Harris, was killed in combat.
Huff spoke at his memorial service at UGA. "We're always told we have to be strong as leaders when this stuff happens, but it's so much harder knowing what a great friend I just lost," she wrote in an online memorial for Harris, when Huff herself was a second lieutenant.
"She was a happy person, a good leader," Mark Henderson said. "She was very caring about her soldiers -- well respected by them and by her commanding officers. She had a promising career in the Army and whatever else she chose."
1. The Iraq Page - Ashley L. Huff
2. Guest Book - 1st Lt. Ashley L. (Henderson) Huff