CASEY, Alvin H., LT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1946, 616X, USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)
Service Years
1943 - 1946
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Decommissioning
Iwo Jima
Order of the Shellback
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Stigler in Haskell County, Oklahoma
Last Address
Harold died at Stillwater, Oklahoma.
He was buried alongside his wife at
Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond, OK.

Date of Passing
Jan 08, 1991
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Army Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon






 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lieutenant Alvin "Harold" Casey, WWII
USS BelleauWood, Plank Owner

Alvin Harold Casey, served on the USS Belleau Wood during WW2. Harold was on the carrier for all campaigns during the war. After graduating from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University), he entered the service as an Ensign, leaving the service in 1946 after attaining the rank of Lieutenant. He was in charge of the hanger where the bombs were loaded, planes fueled, etc. From April of 1943 to February of 1946, while serving on the UWW Belleau Wood, he was stationed with the Fifth Fleet in Hawaii, Saipan, Phillipines and Japan.
   
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World War II
Start Year
1941
End Year
1945

Description
Overview of World War II 

World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during the war, and 17 million combatants died. Civilian deaths were ever greater. At least 19 million Soviet civilians, 10 million Chinese, and 6 million European Jews lost their lives during the war.

World War II was truly a global war. Some 70 nations took part in the conflict, and fighting took place on the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as on the high seas. Entire societies participated as soldiers or as war workers, while others were persecuted as victims of occupation and mass murder.

World War II cost the United States a million causalities and nearly 400,000 deaths. In both domestic and foreign affairs, its consequences were far-reaching. It ended the Depression, brought millions of married women into the workforce, initiated sweeping changes in the lives of the nation's minority groups, and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life.

The War at Home & Abroad

On September 1, 1939, World War II started when Germany invaded Poland. By November 1942, the Axis powers controlled territory from Norway to North Africa and from France to the Soviet Union. After defeating the Axis in North Africa in May 1941, the United States and its Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943 and forced Italy to surrender in September. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies landed in Northern France. In December, a German counteroffensive (the Battle of the Bulge) failed. Germany surrendered in May 1945.

The United States entered the war following a surprise attack by Japan on the U.S. Pacific fleet in Hawaii. The United States and its Allies halted Japanese expansion at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 and in other campaigns in the South Pacific. From 1943 to August 1945, the Allies hopped from island to island across the Central Pacific and also battled the Japanese in China, Burma, and India. Japan agreed to surrender on August 14, 1945 after the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Consequences:

1. The war ended Depression unemployment and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life. It led the federal government to create a War Production Board to oversee conversion to a wartime economy and the Office of Price Administration to set prices on many items and to supervise a rationing system.

2. During the war, African Americans, women, and Mexican Americans founded new opportunities in industry. But Japanese Americans living on the Pacific coast were relocated from their homes and placed in internment camps.

The Dawn of the Atomic Age

In 1939, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt, warning him that the Nazis might be able to build an atomic bomb. On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi, an Italian refugee, produced the first self-sustained, controlled nuclear chain reaction in Chicago.

To ensure that the United States developed a bomb before Nazi Germany did, the federal government started the secret $2 billion Manhattan Project. On July 16, 1945, in the New Mexico desert near Alamogordo, the Manhattan Project's scientists exploded the first atomic bomb.

It was during the Potsdam negotiations that President Harry Truman learned that American scientists had tested the first atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress, released an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Between 80,000 and 140,000 people were killed or fatally wounded. Three days later, a second bomb fell on Nagasaki. About 35,000 people were killed. The following day Japan sued for peace.

President Truman's defenders argued that the bombs ended the war quickly, avoiding the necessity of a costly invasion and the probable loss of tens of thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives. His critics argued that the war might have ended even without the atomic bombings. They maintained that the Japanese economy would have been strangled by a continued naval blockade, and that Japan could have been forced to surrender by conventional firebombing or by a demonstration of the atomic bomb's power.

The unleashing of nuclear power during World War II generated hope of a cheap and abundant source of energy, but it also produced anxiety among large numbers of people in the United States and around the world.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Oct 17, 2013
   
Personal Memories

Memories
USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)
World War II

After a brief shakedown cruise, Belleau Wood reported to the Pacific Fleet, arriving at Pearl Harbor 26 July 1943. After supporting the occupation of Baker Island (1 September) and taking part in the Tarawa (18 September) and Wake Island (5 - 6 October) raids, she joined TF 50 for the invasion of the Gilbert Islands (19 November - 4 December 1943).

A Japanese bomber explodes as it crashes into the sea near USS Belleau Wood, during an attack on Task Group 58.2 off the Mariana Islands, 23 February 1944.

Belleau Wood operated with TF 58 during the seizure of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, Marshall Islands (29 January - 3 February 1944), Truk raid (16 - 17 February); Saipan-Tinian-Rota-Guam raids (21 - 22 February); Palau-Yap-Ulithi-Woleai raid (30 March - 1 April); Sawar and Wakde Island raids in support of the landings at Hollandia (currently known as Jayapura), New Guinea (22 - 24 April); Truk-Satawan-Ponape raid (29 April - 1 May); occupation of Saipan (11 - 24 June), 1st Bonins raid (15 - 16 June), Battle of the Philippine Sea (19 - 20 June); and 2nd Bonins raid (24 June). During the Battle Of the Philippine Sea, Belleau Wood's planes sank the Japanese carrier Hiyo.

After an overhaul at Pearl Harbor (29 June - 31 July 1944) Belleau Wood rejoined TF 58 for the last stages of the occupation of Guam (2 - 10 August). She joined TF 38 and took part in the strikes in support of the occupation of the southern Palaus (6 September - 14 October); Philippine Islands raids (9 - 24 September); Morotai landings (15 September); Okinawa raid (10 October); northern Luzon and Formosa raids (11 - 14 October); Luzon strikes (15 and 17 October - 19 October), and the Battle of Cape Engano (24 - 26 October). On 30 October, while Belleau Wood was patrolling with her task group east of Leyte, she shot down a Japanese suicide plane which fell on her flight deck aft, causing fires which set off ammunition. Before the fire could be brought under control, 92 men had either died or gone missing.

After temporary repairs at Ulithi (2 - 11 November), Belleau Wood steamed to Hunters Point, California, for permanent repairs and an overhaul, arriving 29 November. She departed San Francisco Bay 20 January 1945 and joined TF 58 at Ulithi on 7 February. During 15 February - 4 March she took part in the raids on Honshū Island, Japan, and the Nansei Shoto, as well as supporting the landings on Iwo Jima. She also took part in the 5th Fleet strikes against Japan (17 March - 26 May) and the 3rd Fleet strikes (27 May - 11 June). After embarking Air Group 31 at Leyte (13 June - 1 July), she rejoined the 3rd Fleet for the final strikes against the Japanese home islands (10 July - 15 August). The last Japanese aircraft shot down in the war was a "Judy" dive bomber which was shot down by Clarence "Bill" A. Moore, an F6F pilot of "The Flying Meat-Axe" VF-31 from USS Belleau Wood.

Belleau Wood launched her planes 2 September for the mass flight over Tokyo, Japan, during the surrender ceremonies. She remained in Japanese waters until 13 October. Arriving at Pearl Harbor 28 October, she departed three days later with 1248 servicemen for San Diego. She remained on "Magic Carpet" duty, returning servicemen from Guam and Saipan to San Diego, until 31 January 1946. During the next year Belleau Wood was moored at various docks in the San Francisco area, undergoing inactivation. She was placed out of commission in reserve at Alameda Naval Air Station 13 January 1947.

Belleau Wood received the Presidential Unit Citation and twelve battle stars during World War II.

Lieutenant Harold Casey was on board during all battles.

   
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  • Abbott, Floyd Eugene, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Abramson, Arthur, LT, (1942-1945)
  • Agesen, Bruce Martin, LCDR, (1942-1966)
  • Ahlfs, Jerold Francis, CDR, (1940-1954)
  • Albertson, Dean Howard, LTJG, (1943-1953)
  • Alexander, William Patrick, S2c, (1942-1945)
  • Alexatos, Michael Stephen, CAPT, (1942-1970)
  • Ambellan, Charles Herbert, CAPT, (1942-1970)
  • Anderson, Leroy Marvin, LT, (1942-1946)
  • Arnold, Arlington Reid, LTJG, (1941-1946)
  • Arnold, John Jacob, LCDR, (1942-1976)
  • Aschenbrenner, John, S1c, (1943-1945)
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