Correctional Officer W. H. Aston

Correctional Officer W. H. Aston

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, August 4, 1948

Add to My Heroes

W. H. Aston

Correctional Officer W.H. Aston succumbed to head injuries received six days earlier when he was attacked by an inmate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

He observed the inmate extending a mirror from his solitary confinement cell and went to take it away. When he opened the cell door the inmate attacked him and beat his head against the floor, cell door, and bars. The attack was stopped by other officers and Officer Aston was taken to a local hospital. He initially refused treatment but was readmitted the following day when his condition worsened. He succumbed to his wounds on August 4, 1948.

The inmate, who was serving a 10 year sentence for auto theft, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison October 10, 1948. In 1974 the Oklahoma parole board recommended his release and he was paroled a few months later. In 1983 he was returned to prison for second degree burglary and returned again in 1987 for larceny. He was paroled for the third time May 25, 1988.


  • Age 65
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Friday, July 30, 1948
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Paroled

Most Recent Reflection

View all 3 Reflections

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 4, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.