CASSETTY, ERNEST CARL, Staff Sergeant, # 35581900, USAAF

 

Ernest C. Cassetty was born on 5 July 1920 in Allen Co., Kentucky to Henry L. Cassetty (1891-1961) and Nina S. Cassetty (1896-1972) (married 18 April 1916 in Sumner Co., TN). Siblings included Raymond Lee Cassetty (1917-1983), Thurman D. Cassetty (1918-2011), Everett E. Cassetty (1922-1934), George Nicholas Cassetty (1927-1998), Norma Dell (Cassetty) Wheeler (1929-    ), Sylvia Marie (Cassetty) Farmer (1932-2006), and Ruby E. (Cassetty) Faulkner (1934-2000).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, employed by P.R. Mallory & Co., resided at 842 S. Capital Ave., Indianapolis, IN, and described himself as 5’8”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 16 January 1943. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 8 April 1944 a B-25D, # 43-3290, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron (Heavy), Yangkai, China, departed its airfield on a night combat mission southeast to Yulikau Bay when the bombers were attacked by seven enemy Zero fighters. From the flight of B-25s, two B-25s were missing and one was seen to crash. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Round Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion Co., Minnesota. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Raymond L. Cassetty, born 2 March 1917, served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class, during WWII, from 30 April 1935 to 20 December 1940 and from 30 April 1945 to 20 October 1945. He died 19 January 1983 and is buried in the Round Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion Co., Minnesota.

 

His brother, Thurman D. Cassetty, born 28 September 1918, served in the U.S. Army from 26 June 1944. He died 16 May 2011 and is buried in the Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood, Johnson Co., Indiana.

 

His brother, George N. Cassetty, born 7 March 1927, served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class, during WWII, from 19 May 1945 to 18 July 1946. He died 10 February 1998 and is buried in the Round Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion Co., Minnesota.