Casey, John Edward, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 112X, USS Flier (SS-250)
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Baltimore, MD
Last Address
205 E. 30th St
Baltimore, MD
(Wife~Betty Ann Casey)

Casualty Date
Aug 13, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWWII Memorial National Registry
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WWII Memorial National Registry

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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Flier (SS-250)
  1944-1944, 112X, USS Flier (SS-250)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1944 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1938-1942, United States Naval Academy3
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 11, 2016, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

on the Second war patrol for Flier she put in to Fremantle, Australia, to refit between 5 July and 2 August 1944, then sailed on her second war patrol, bound for the coast of Indochina via the Lombok Strait, Macassar Strait and Balabac Strait. At about 2200 on 12 August, while transiting Balabac Strait on the surface, she struck a naval mine. She sank in about a minute, but 14 officers and men were able to clamber out. Eight of them reached the beach of Mantangula Island after 17 hours in the water. Friendly natives guided them to a coast-watcher, who arranged for them to be picked up by submarine, and on the night of 30–31 August, they were taken on board by Redfin.

Flier received one battle star for World War II service on her single war patrol, designated "successful." She is credited with having sunk 10,380 tons of Japanese shipping. See also List of U.S. Navy losses in World War II.

On 1 February 2009, the U.S. Navy announced the discovery of Flier near the Philippines' Balabac Strait (7°58′43.21″N 117°15′23.79″ECoordinates: 7°58′43.21″N 117°15′23.79″E[9]). The discovery of a Gato-class submarine was made during an expedition by YAP Films, based in part on information provided by a survivor of the sinking of Flier. Further research by the Naval History and Heritage Command revealed that no other submarine, American or Japanese, had been reported lost in that general vicinity. In addition, footage of the wreck showed a gun mount and radar antenna, both of which were similar to the same equipment seen in contemporary photographs of Flier. The ship rests in 330 ft (100 m) of water.


Name of Award
Silver Star
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded posthumously for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant John Edward Casey (NSN: 0-123674), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in the line of his profession as Fire Control Officer of the U.S.S. FLIER (SS-250), during the FIRST War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy controlled waters from 21 May to 5 July 1944. He provided accurate and timely information on numerous occasions which enabled his own vessel to make successful attacks. He contributed materially to the destruction of four enemy vessels and in the damage of two more. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 02552 (September 21, 1944)
Action Date: May 21 - July 5, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Submarine: U.S.S. Flier (SS-250)
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