He registered for the WWII draft on 5 February 1941, resided on RFD 4, Waco, McLennan Co., TX, and described himself as 5’8”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on 28 February 1941. He was trained and sent overseas to the CBI theater of war. His last assignment was to the 835th Signal Service Battalion. On 6 January 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, “Stork,” # 42-96721, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Chabua, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was with Kunming ATC at about 0937 Zulu. The C-46A encountered moderate to severe icing. It crashed enroute and the crew and passengers were killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His brother, Homer S. Casey, born 16 October 1923, served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class, # 11476327, 148th Infantry Regiment, Co. A, from 9 March 1943 to 24 December 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. He died 31 January 1963 and was buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Marlin, Texas.
His brother, Franklin F. Casey Jr., born 23 February 1925, served in the U.S. Navy, HMC, from 5 January 1943 (WWII and Korea) for a total of 25 years service. He died 21 December 1987 and is buried in the Grove Hill Cemetery, Grove Hill, Clarke Co., Alabama.