Lieut Daniel Waters Cassard

Lieut Daniel Waters Cassard

Birth
Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death
16 Jul 1918 (aged 24)
France
Burial
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID
5240911 View Source

DODD CASSARD'S BODY IS FOUND BY AMERICANS

"Fell Gloriously Fighting to the Last," Cablegram Says
MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS

Believed to Have Been Found by Americans Who Drove Germans Back

"Dodd fell gloriously fighting to the end. Buried by loving freinds,"

This cablegram received Thursday morning by Dudley E. Waters from Morris Cassard, jr., tells briefly the fate of Lieut. Daniel Waters Cassard, Grand Rapids aviator who was reported missing in France two weeks ago. It had been uncertain whether Cassard had been killed or was a prisoner, as when his machine was last seen it appearedto be under control though descending rapidly behind the German lines.
It is presumed that American aviators found the body after the Germans had been driven from the sector in which it fell and that wounds upon it told that Cassard had been fatally shot before he turned his machine earthward.
Lieut. Cassard was the first Grand Rapids aviator to win distinction among Grand Rapids aviators in France by destroying a Hun plane

Grand Rapids Press 08-15-1918

SERVICES WEDNESDAY FOR DANIEL W. CASSARD, KILLED ON WEST FRONT

The body of Daniel Waters, Cassard, who was killed in action in France July 16, 1918, is being brought to this city and funeral services will be held from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Cassard, of Oakhurst, at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. The body will then be placed in the mausoleum at Oak Hill cemetery

Grand Rapids Herald April 25, 1922

Brother Dudley Vernon Cassard B 05-16-1901 D 12-17-1982 according to Cal. death records


Transcribed by Robert Worden 48546972
2/5/2017 who is researching this family.

Grew up in Grand Rapids Mich.
Education at Yale
War training Fort Sheridan Ill., The Royal Flying Corps school at Toronto and later in Texas before being sent to France with the first pursuit group of the 147th aero squadron.
In October 1931 Grand Rapids Airport was dedicated as "Daniel Waters Cassard Field", currently Kent County International Airport
From Grand Rapids Herald 10-11-1931
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1st Lt USAS, grad Univ of Canada, Toronto, ROTC, flight instructor. Flew the Nieuport 28 in combat and on July 16, 1918, was killed in action. Buried Aug 6 1918 near Dormans. WWI Decorations, victory medal with 2 battle clasps, 1 gold overseas chevron, French c de G with Palms. Reinterred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI where the Grand Rapids Airport was named after him.
Source: "American Aviators in the Great War 1914-1919" published 1984 by Glassebrook Foundation.

Oct 13, 2008 -Contributor Arnaud HERY, president of the Association WWI took the pictures of gravestone.

Oct 13, 2008 - Contributor Roberto LUNARDO provided the information about the location of the tomb in the following recollection...

I am from the area where Lieutenant Daniel Watters CASSARD died. His grave is located in the meadow in SOILLY village, two kilometers from Dormans. I have indicated the location of the tomb at one local association, specialized WW I.

After so long time, nobody talked over this past. I spent my childhood in this village so I have given this information. I enclose some pictures of the tomb
I currently live in New Caledonia in Noumea, where the American base was very important during the Second World War.

Other research:
Per WWI Draft registration, 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census we learn the following:

Son of Morris Cassard b 1862 Ohio and Anna Waters b Michigan. Had siblings named Morris Jr and Dudley B Cassard.
Home in 1900 :Chicago Ward 32, Cook, Illinois
Home in 1910: Grand Rapids Ward 3, Kent, Michigan

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Daniel Waters Cassard
City: Grand Rapids
County: Kent
State: Michigan
Birthplace: Illinois; United States of America
Birth Date: 11 Mar 1894
Race: White
address: College Ave & Fulton St Grand Rapids MI
Roll: 1675655
DraftBoard: 2
Age: 23
Occupation: OT Camp Sheridan - employer US Government
Nearest Relative:
Height/Build: Tall/slender
Color of Eyes/Hair: Blue/lt brown
Signature: Daniel W Cassard May 31, 1917
Source Citation: Registration Location: Kent County, Michigan; Roll: 1675655; Draft Board: 2.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations

DODD CASSARD'S BODY IS FOUND BY AMERICANS

"Fell Gloriously Fighting to the Last," Cablegram Says
MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS

Believed to Have Been Found by Americans Who Drove Germans Back

"Dodd fell gloriously fighting to the end. Buried by loving freinds,"

This cablegram received Thursday morning by Dudley E. Waters from Morris Cassard, jr., tells briefly the fate of Lieut. Daniel Waters Cassard, Grand Rapids aviator who was reported missing in France two weeks ago. It had been uncertain whether Cassard had been killed or was a prisoner, as when his machine was last seen it appearedto be under control though descending rapidly behind the German lines.
It is presumed that American aviators found the body after the Germans had been driven from the sector in which it fell and that wounds upon it told that Cassard had been fatally shot before he turned his machine earthward.
Lieut. Cassard was the first Grand Rapids aviator to win distinction among Grand Rapids aviators in France by destroying a Hun plane

Grand Rapids Press 08-15-1918

SERVICES WEDNESDAY FOR DANIEL W. CASSARD, KILLED ON WEST FRONT

The body of Daniel Waters, Cassard, who was killed in action in France July 16, 1918, is being brought to this city and funeral services will be held from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Cassard, of Oakhurst, at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. The body will then be placed in the mausoleum at Oak Hill cemetery

Grand Rapids Herald April 25, 1922

Brother Dudley Vernon Cassard B 05-16-1901 D 12-17-1982 according to Cal. death records


Transcribed by Robert Worden 48546972
2/5/2017 who is researching this family.

Grew up in Grand Rapids Mich.
Education at Yale
War training Fort Sheridan Ill., The Royal Flying Corps school at Toronto and later in Texas before being sent to France with the first pursuit group of the 147th aero squadron.
In October 1931 Grand Rapids Airport was dedicated as "Daniel Waters Cassard Field", currently Kent County International Airport
From Grand Rapids Herald 10-11-1931
-------------------------

1st Lt USAS, grad Univ of Canada, Toronto, ROTC, flight instructor. Flew the Nieuport 28 in combat and on July 16, 1918, was killed in action. Buried Aug 6 1918 near Dormans. WWI Decorations, victory medal with 2 battle clasps, 1 gold overseas chevron, French c de G with Palms. Reinterred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI where the Grand Rapids Airport was named after him.
Source: "American Aviators in the Great War 1914-1919" published 1984 by Glassebrook Foundation.

Oct 13, 2008 -Contributor Arnaud HERY, president of the Association WWI took the pictures of gravestone.

Oct 13, 2008 - Contributor Roberto LUNARDO provided the information about the location of the tomb in the following recollection...

I am from the area where Lieutenant Daniel Watters CASSARD died. His grave is located in the meadow in SOILLY village, two kilometers from Dormans. I have indicated the location of the tomb at one local association, specialized WW I.

After so long time, nobody talked over this past. I spent my childhood in this village so I have given this information. I enclose some pictures of the tomb
I currently live in New Caledonia in Noumea, where the American base was very important during the Second World War.

Other research:
Per WWI Draft registration, 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census we learn the following:

Son of Morris Cassard b 1862 Ohio and Anna Waters b Michigan. Had siblings named Morris Jr and Dudley B Cassard.
Home in 1900 :Chicago Ward 32, Cook, Illinois
Home in 1910: Grand Rapids Ward 3, Kent, Michigan

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Daniel Waters Cassard
City: Grand Rapids
County: Kent
State: Michigan
Birthplace: Illinois; United States of America
Birth Date: 11 Mar 1894
Race: White
address: College Ave & Fulton St Grand Rapids MI
Roll: 1675655
DraftBoard: 2
Age: 23
Occupation: OT Camp Sheridan - employer US Government
Nearest Relative:
Height/Build: Tall/slender
Color of Eyes/Hair: Blue/lt brown
Signature: Daniel W Cassard May 31, 1917
Source Citation: Registration Location: Kent County, Michigan; Roll: 1675655; Draft Board: 2.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations


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