Albert James Casey

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  • Name: Albert James Casey
  • Location of Birth: Bass Lake Township, Cohasset, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 17, 1917
  • Date of Death: April 10, 2005 (90 years old)
  • Parents: James A. Casey and Elizabeth (Wolf) Casey
  • High School and Class: 1933 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: January 6, 1941 (Induction Date)
  • Place Sworn In: St. Peter, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: March 15, 1946
  • Place of Discharge: O'Reilly General Hospital in Springfield, Missouri
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    August 29, 1941 Asiatic-Pacific
    April 1, 1944 April 15, 1944 United States
    Janury 1, 1945 January 6, 1945 European Theatre
    April 5, 1945 April 14, 1945 United States
  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart
    Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with One Bronze Battle Star
    European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Two Bronze Battle Stars
    American Defense Ribbon with One Bronze Star
    American Theatre Ribbon
    Good Conduct Ribbon

  • Military Highlights:
    Served with Company K, 16th Infantry.

    Military Occupational Specialty was Cannoneer, Anti-Aircraft Artillery

    Battles and Campaigns: Aleutian Islands, Ardennes, and Rhineland

    Albert was wounded on January 25, 1945 in Belgium

    Information from Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge:

    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 167 pounds
    Number of Dependents: 3
    Race: White
    Marital Status: Married
    United States Citizen
    Civilian Occupation: Truck Driver
    Length of Service (Continental) 2 years, 3 months, 9 days
    Length of Service (Foreign) 2 years, 11 months, 1 day

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Albert had been a resident of Bovey, Minnesota most of his life.

    Albert and Mary Marinoff were married in November, 1951 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He had been a truck driver in the West Hill, Danube, and Tioga mines and had worked in the arsenal in New Brighton, Minnesota.

    Albert was a member of the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church of Coleraine, Minnesota and enjoyed hunting, fishing, crossword puzzles, and playing cribbage.

    His parents, his wife, Mary; two daughters, Mary Ann Harling and Elizabeth Schires; two brothers, Aloysius and Martin; and his step-mother, Agnes preceded him in death.

    Survivors include two daughters, Frances (James) Taylor and Sandy Hanks; four sons, Gregory Pirritano, Peter (Donna) Nelson, Leif Nelson; and Terry (Seyhar) Casey; a son-in-law, Jerry Harling, nineteen grandchildren; thirty-seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

    Albert died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota.

  • Tribal Affiliation(s): Possibly Chippewa?