April 27, 1910 (Norwalk, CT) – February 19, 1944; 33 years old, unmarried
Last local address: 190 Main Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on March 21, 1941
Serial Number: 31042357

Letter to Salvatore’s mother:

27 April 1944

Mrs. Clara Casalese
190 Main Street
Norwalk, Connecticut
Dear Mrs. Casalese,

            I regret to confirm the fact that your son Salvatore courageously gave his life during the assault on Eniwetok Island 19 February 1944.

            Salvatore was an automatic rifleman and was a member of the assault platoon. His group was the spearhead of our advance and his weapon had accounted for a number of japs. The united to severe counter attack and it was largely due to the determined stand taken by Salvatore that the attack was unsuccessful. It was at this time that Salvatore was struck by a jap bullet and he went down still firing. He never knew what struck him and he never regained consciousness.

            His courage, intelligence and character were in the best tradition of an American soldier. He had impressed us all with his friendliness and splendid character. He was held in highest respect by all of the officers and men of the company. You have our deepest sympathy in your bereavement and his loss is keenly felt by all of his many friends.

            I wish to express my own personal sympathy in your loss. Please feel free to call upon me for any additional information you may desire. The Quartermaster General, Washington, D.C. is the best agency to help you in any matters concerning grave location, the disposition of remains and effects, or such related matters.

Yours sincerely,
Clarence W. Law
Captain, Infantry,

Private Casalese is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norwalk CT; Section D.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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