(courtesy of Michael Casey, Jr.)
Grave marker for Michael J. Casey in the Saint
John Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Hammond (Lake county), Indiana.
Michael enlisted in the Army at Detroit, MI on 20
On 29 march 1942 Pvt Casey was transferred from
the Reception Center, Fort Sill, OK to Co B, 508th PIR at Camp
On 4 March 1943 Pvt Casey was transferred to the
casual company at the Parachute School, Ft Benning, GA. On 2
January 1944 Pvt Casey sailed from the U.S. and arrived in England
on 8 January.
It was on 18 September
1944 that he found his way back to the 508th when he was transferred
from Hq 82nd Airborne Division Leicester, England to Service Company
508th in Nottingham.
On 13 December 1944 he
was transferred from Service Company to Company B. Pvt Casey
was "home" after a 21 months absence and just 5 days later was
pressed into combat for the Battle of the Bulge.
He added a stripe when
he was promoted to Pfc on 15 January 1945.
Pfc Casey returned to
the U.S. on 5 December 1945 and was discharged four days later at
the Separation Center, Ft Sheridan, IL.
military decorations include the Combat Infantryman badge which was
awarded for action during campaign, 18 Dec 1944 to 20 Feb 1945