Casale, John Daniel, EM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1944, EM-0000, USS Miantonomah (CM-10/CMc-5)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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EM-Electrician's Mate

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Home Town
Hartford, CT
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John D. Casale, born in Hartford, CT, 24 Dec 1898 to Carmine Casale and Anna Lucia D Alesandro. He was killed in Action 25 Sep 1944. He has no known descendants. Listed at the American Cemetery at Normandy: EM3C, JOHN D. CASALE, USNR, CT, plot D-3-46

Casualty Date
Sep 25, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
North Atlantic Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
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<B>US Army (USA)</b>RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLAdvancement Schools and Courses
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  1940-1942, EM-0000, US Army (USA)
  1942-1942, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1942-1942, NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1942-1942, EM-0000, (EM) Electricians Mate A School
  1942-1944, EM-0000, USS Miantonomah (CM-10/CMc-5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1944-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
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EM 3/c John Daniel CASALE
Service Number 06427127, 
Killed in Action, 25 September, 1944

USS Miantonomah, CM-10, sunk by a mine off the French coast.

Miantonomah sailed early in the afternoon of the 25th. Because of the danger of enemy mines, her skipper — Cdr. Austin E. Rowe — ordered "the highest state of watertight integrity to be set and all personnel not actually on watch below to be on topside and wear lifejackets" — measures which undoubtedly saved many lives. With a French harbor pilot at the conn, she skillfully navigated the inner and outer harbors and cleared the blockships, thence made course for the entrance to the marked channel. As she steamed about 2,000 yd (1,800 m) out from the blockships, she was rocked at 14:15 by a tremendous underwater explosion under the engine room. This blast — possibly followed by a second one — dazed or injured practically the entire crew. Immediately, the stricken ship began to sink rapidly by the stern and to starboard. Damage control efforts proved useless, and as Coast Guard vessels, British motor launches, and a French fishing craft stood by to rescue survivors, her injured skipper ordered Miantonomah to be abandoned. She sank about 20 minutes after the explosion with a loss of some 58 officers and men at position 49°26′29″N 0°11′31″E.

There is a grave marker for John Daniel Casale at the American Cemetery at Normandy, France, plot: D-3-46.

The USS Miantonomah received two battle stars for her World War II service.




Electricians Mate Third Class, United States Naval Reserve

Who died in the service of his country at sea, Atlantic Area, attached U.S.S. Miantonomah, 25 September, 1944.

He stands in the broken line of patriots who have dared to die, that freedom might live and grow, and increase its blessings. Freedom lives, and through it, he lives -- in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

President of the United States


To all who shall see these presents, greetings: This is to certify that the President of the United States of America pursuant to authority vested in him by Congress has awarded the Purple Heart established by General George Washington at Newburgh, New York, August 7, 1782 to John Daniel Casale, Electriciansmate 3/c, United States Naval Reserve for military merit and for wounds received in action resulting in his death September 25, 1944. Given under my hand in the city of Washington this 25th day of January 1945.

Randall Jacobs
Vice Admiral, United States Navy

Chief of Naval Personnel


James Forrestal
The Secretary of the Navy


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