Martin M. Casey, Jr. – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

Martin M. “Mike” Casey Jr., 80, a retired Navy Captain who for most of his career was an aircraft pilot, died November 23, 2002, at Fairfax Commonwealth Care Center, Virginia. He had Parkinson’s disease.

Captain Casey served 32 years in the Navy before retiring in 1972. He fought in three wars — World War II in the Pacific, the Korean War and the war in Vietnam. He commanded two fighter squadrons and two ships, the Fremont, which was an amphibious assault ship, and the Iwo Jima, an amphibious attack carrier.

After retiring from the Navy, he served in the Federal Aviation Administration as its representative at the U.S. Embassy in London. Later, he was an independent aviation consultant.

A resident of Fairfax, he was born in Philadelphia. He grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and in 1938 moved to this area. He attended the Bullis School and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

He attended the National War College and received master’s degrees in international affairs from George Washington University and in political economy from University College in Dublin.

His decorations included a Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and Air Medal.

He was a member of Army Navy Country Club and was active in Naval Academy alumni affairs.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Marie Rodgers Casey of Fairfax; three children, Mary Casey Quinlan of Richmond, Cecilia Casey of Woodbridge and Michael M. Casey of Lorton; and four grandchildren.

On Saturday, November 23, 2002, at Commonwealth Care Center. Husband of Marie Elizabeth Casey; father of Mary Quinlan, Cecilia Casey and Michael Casey. Also survived by four grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel, on Monday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. Interment private. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the National Parkinsons Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Bob Hope Pavilion, Miami, Florida 33136.

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