Sgt. Bill Casassa

Sgt. Bill Casassa

638th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Bill Casassa was born on September 5, 1925 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

He graduated High School mid-Senior year and began college studies under an “accelerated program.”

On July 21, 1943, volunteered for Army ASTP. Called for active duty February 4, 1944. Seventeen weeks of very intensive and extensive combat training in the “Tank Destroyers” in North Camp Hood, Texas, before assignment in July to 638th Tank Destroyer Battalion at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.

Shipped overseas September 4, 1944 (celebrated 19th birthday next day). Landed directly in France September 15, 1944. Continued training pending arrival of M-18s.

First day of combat in support of 84th Infantry Division’s initial attack on the Siegfried Line at Geilenkirchen on November 18, 1944. Combat continued through “Rhineland”-”Ardenne”- “Central European” campaigns. We have the (minor) distinction of serving 171 consecutive days of “full engagement with the enemy.”

Detached from division in July and returned to the United States for “amphibious” training preparing for the invasion of Japan. Harry Truman dropped the atomic bomb in August 1945 and gave him his life back.

Bill was Honorably discharged on February 2,1946.