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JAMES R. CASTEEL

Mrs. Ray J. Pase has returned from visiting her brother P.F.C. Jack Casteel, at a Marine Base Philadelphia. Mrs. Pase has two other brothers in the. service-- Capt. James R. Casteel with the Paratroops. Camp Mackall, and Sergeant Charles E. Casteel, Air Force, Stuttgart, Ark.

[Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland, MD, 21 May 1943, Fri, Page 11]

Mrs. Paul C. Fazenbaker, Westernport, received word her brother, James R. Casteel was promoted major, May 30. He is stationed at South Pine, N. C.. and formerly a pharmacist at Morgantown.

[Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland, MD, 3 Jun 1943, Thu, Page 13]

Major and Mrs. James R. Casteel are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ray J. Pase, Thomas this the week. Casteel has just recently returned from two years overseas duty. He has been in the service since 1941 and served with the famous Eighty--second airborne division. He wears a Presidential Citation, the Purple Heart Medal, the Legion of Merit ribbon, the American Defense ribbon, the Combat Infantryman's Badge; the ETO ribbon with six combat stars and an arrowhead and the Paratroopers Medal with two stars for combat jumps in Normandy and the invasion of Holland ,

[The Cumberland News, Cumberland, MD, 29 Oct 1945, Mon, Page 7]-

WANTED --- Pharmacist for retail store. Apply Durham Drug Company, 330 W. Main Street, Durham. N. C. Telephone 4-945. Mr. James R. Casteel, manager.

[Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville, NC, 14 Jan 1952, Mon, Page 14]

JAMES CASTEEL
   James Casteel. 47, a Cumberland native, died last. Wednesday
   A graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy he operated the Durham Drug Company, and formerly operated the City Pharmacy. in Morgantown.
   Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Kay Pate. Thomas; Mrs. H W Campbell, Cumberland, and Mrs. Earl Hawk. Westernport.
   Services were conducted Friday in Durham with interment m Woodlawn Cemetery there.

[The Cumberland News Cumberland, Maryland 12 Jan 1959, Mon Page 3]

Death certificate indicates that James died of from hypernephroma metastasis, a a malignant tumor that is one of the most common carcinomas that meta-stasize to the head and neck.
   He died within 7 months of being first seen by his attending physician.


[courtesy of Estelle Clark]

Grave marker for James R. and Mary M. Casteel in Damon Cemetery, Newburg, Preston county, West Virginia.

James had already graduated from West Virginia University with a PhD in Pharmacy and had opened the Durham Drug Co., store when he went into the service but chose to volunteer for parachutist duty.

1st Lt Casteel was transferred from Hq ABC AGF to Hq Hq 508th PIR as part the advance party to Camp Blanding, FL on 1 October 1942 as the regiment prepared for activation.,

He was appointed to the grade of Captain on 16 November 1942 with a date of rank of 7 November.

On 2 March 1943 he was sent on detached service to Camp Hoffman, NC [note: Camp Hoffman was the original name for Camp Mackall but renamed on February 8, 1943, apparently the company clerk was unaware of the name change which occurred less than 4 weeks prior.]  Captain Casteel was probably tasked with making advance arrangements for transitioning the 508th to that site.

He exchanged  his silver bars for gold oak leafs on 19 May 1943;.

Major Casteel was wounded in action on 6 June 1944 but was able to quickly return to duty ad remained with the regiment throughout the war..

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