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 Vincent James “Jimmy” Casamassima

Vincent James “Jimmy” Casamassima

Birth
Greenwich Village, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 12 Jan 1944 (aged 33)
Provincia di Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
Burial Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 100640526 · View Source
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Vincent was a short (5'-5"), but strong and well built man with a Brooklyn accent. (ie. Thirty-third Street would be Turdy-Turd Street) He was rembered as being a 'tough guy' and being very loud, but at the same time, he was gentle. Vincent was named after his Mother's Brother Vincenzo Angarola.

Vincent was in the U.S. Army during WWII. Service number was 21318205 and his rank was a private. He was in the 1st and 16th armored division. His time overseas was 13 months tour of Europe. His medals were The Purple Heart, The Silver Star and a Campaign Ribbon. The U.S. government awarded highest honor to him, for his act of bravery and unselfishness in defense of his country's beliefs.

According to his nephew Pete Casa:
'Jimmy' was Louis Casa's favorite brother. While Jimmy was in Northern Africa, he sent a purple wallet home to his nephew Pete. Jimmy was fighting against the Germans when he and his troops were pushed through Africa and into Italy. One of Jimmy's comrades had been injured and Jimmy went in to save him. He threw him over his shoulder and as he was leaving, he stepped on a mine. He wasn't killed instantly when the mine exploded. Instead he lived until he finally gave out in a hospital. Jimmy had his Brother Louis as his sole recipient should anything happen to him while in the war. It turned out that $10 per month was what the army gave his Brother.

Pete Casa says that his Uncle was given the nickname, "The Boot", (for wearing squeaky boots) before the war and he died in Italy, which is often referred to as 'the Boot' for its similar shape.

Pete Casa recalls that whenever he saw him, his Uncle always had a cigarette in his mouth. Pete fondly remembers when his Uncle once babysat him and his sister when they lived in Woodside. He remembered seeing his Uncle Jimmy, who was this big tough guy, ironing clothes. Pete recalls laughing to himself for seeing his Uncle in such a hysterical fashion.

Vincent was married in 1931 to a woman named Theresa Ferrante. According to Army records he was divorced before 1942. He did not have any children.

Vincent is buried at First Calvary Cemetery which is located between the Long Island Expressway and Review Avenue. The cemetery's offices are located here, at 49-02 Laurel Hill Boulevard.



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  • Created by: Robert Casa
  • Added: 13 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100640526
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vincent James “Jimmy” Casamassima (8 Apr 1910–12 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100640526, citing Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Robert Casa (contributor 47896147) .