William Joseph Cashen

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  • Name: William Joseph Cashen
  • Location of Birth: Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: July 1, 1911
  • Date of Death: May 8, 1990 (78 years old)
  • Parents: Mother's maiden name was Fitzgerald
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  • Highest Rank: MMI (Machinist's Mate First Class Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: October 13, 1943 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: December 7, 1945 (Discharge Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    William served as a Seabee in the United States Navy during World War II.

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: William Joseph Cashen
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 29
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: July 1, 1911
    Birth Place: Coleraine, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Registration Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: Canisteo Cliff Mining Company
    Height: 6'
    Weight: 185
    Complexion: Light Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Next of Kin: Bertha Charlotte Cashen (wife)

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    William grew up and attended schools in Coleraine, Minnesota. He also attended school at the Boys Cathedral in Duluth, Minnesota.

    He married Bertha C. Gould on September 11, 1937, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Following his discharge from the service he lived in San Francisco, California, until returning to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1953. He then worked in the construction industry on the north shore of Lake Superior until 1959. He owned and operated Cashen's Skelly Service Station in Grand Rapids, Minnesota from 1959 until his retirement in 1975.

    William was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Kinghts of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion, all of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Bertha; two brothers, Father Joseph Cashen and Maruice Cashen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-G-09-0-2)

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