TSGT Louis Norman Kassowitz

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TSGT Louis Norman Kassowitz

Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Aug 1943 (aged 31)
Burial Glenolden, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section C, Lot 67, Grave 4
Memorial ID 45238387 View Source
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He enlisted under the name "Louis N. Kase" and served with my uncle in WWII. Both names ( Kassowitz and Kase ) are on the grave marker.

Son of Jacob Kassowitz and Anna Brooks. Louis Kassowitz enlisted into WWII under the name Louis Norman Kase.

Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Position: Radio Operator. Serial Number: 33059883. Killed in Action in Operation Tidal Wave, just south of his target in Campina (near Ploesti), Romania.

Received the Distinguished Unit Citation, Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart.

United States World War II Army Enlistment Record, 1938-1946; "Name: Louis N Kase; Birth Year: 1911; Race: White, citizen (White); Nativity State or Country: Pennsylvania; State: Pennsylvania; County or City: Philadelphia; Enlistment Date: 28 May 1942; Enlistment State: Pennsylvania; Enlistment City: Wilkes Barre; Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA; Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA; Grade: Private; Grade Code: Private; Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law; Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men); Source: Civil Life; Education: 4 years of high school; Civil Occupation: Automatic Telephone System Maintenance Man; Marital Status: Single, without dependents; Height: 66; Weight: 148."

U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945; "Name: Louis N Kase; Gender: Male; Race: White; Religion: Hebrew; Cemetery Name: Pennsylvania; Disposition: According to next of kin; Service Branch: Army; Rank: Technical Sergeant; Service Number: 33059883."

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He was born Louis N. Kassowitz to Jacob Kassowitz and Anna Brooks Kassowitz. When Louis enlisted though, he went in as Louis N. Kase. The grave marker shows both names. He was a crew member aboard a B-24D Liberator who's Pilot received the Medal of Honor. Louis received the Distinguished Unit Citation, Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart.

Distinguished Service Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Technical Sergeant Louis Norman Kase (ASN: 33059883), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Radio Operator and Gunner on a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 564th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Technical Sergeant Kase acquitted himself with great skill as his aircraft flew through one of the most heavily defended areas of Europe. When the plane on which he served was severely damaged, and, despite the fact that gasoline was streaming from one of its damaged fuel tanks, continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Staff Sergeant Kase, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at his station. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Kase on this occasion, at the cost of his life, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.


Leyazar son of Yaacob Moshe
AUG. 1, 1943

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