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Up Louis Cascone (2)

CASCONE. Louis Cascone, 77, of west Hartford, died Monday (July 6, 1992) at New Britain General Hospital.
 Born in Figline Viglantura Italy, He immigrated to the United States on July 4, 1934.
    Mr. Cascone had lived in West Hartford sinew 1953.  He was the owner of The Shoe Corner, a former retail shoe store in Newington, retiring in 1977. He served with the US Army in World War II.
    He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Degnan) Seierman Cascone of West Hartford; his children,  Terry Marshall of Tolland, Robert L. Cascone of Medford, N.J., and Linda Frazier of Crown Point, Ind. his sister, Elvira D'Alessandro in Italy; and his grandchildren, Jill Marshall, Wesley and Darcie Cascone, and Sarah Frazier.
   He was predeceased by his first wife, Sarah (Morello) Cascone.
   The funeral will be Thursday, 9:15 a.m., from the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, with a Mass of Christian Burial, 10:00 a.m., at St. Peter Claver Church, West Hartford.
   Burial will be in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Calling hours are Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., at the funeral home. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 670 Prospect Ave., Hartford 06105.

[Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut) 7 Jul 1992, Tue Page 47]

Louis registered for the draft ca. 1941 and clearly stated he was Italian-born although there was no space to indicate whether he was a U.S. citizen  as yet.

He was inducted into the Army on 19 June 1941 and was included in a group  of trainees transferred from Camp Wheeler, GA to Camp Blanding for Company E, 169th Infantry, 43rd Division.

He began a long legal battle insisting he shouldn't have been drafted as he was not a U. S. citizen and was discharged based on alien status.  But, lost the case and was again inducted. Read the news coverage on page 2.

On 10 October 1945, Pfc Cascone was transferred from the 505th PIR to Hq 2nd, 508th PIR.

Louis became a U.S. Citizen on 31 July 1945 at the embassy in Berlin.  Although he had adopted the first name of Louis rather than his birth name of Luigi, this addendum made the name official.


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