GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS LEGISLATION DESIGNATING DALTON BRIDGE AS THE SECOND LIEUTENANT MICHAEL J. CASEY, SR. MEMORIAL BRIDGE
BOSTON – Wednesday, April 4, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined legislators and family members to sign House Bill 3638, “An Act Designating a Certain Bridge in the Town of Dalton as the Second Lieutenant Michael J. Casey, Sr. Memorial Bridge.” This bill will designate the bridge spanning the Housatonic River on Route 8 between the towns of Dalton and Hinsdale as the Second Lieutenant Michael J. Casey, Sr. Memorial Bridge.
Lieutenant Casey, a resident of Dalton, served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. On March 18, 1968, Lieutenant Casey’s company was under severe attack with little ammunition. Acting quickly and bravely, he ran across seventy meters of fire-swept terrain to distribute weapons and ammunition, then carried wounded Marines out of harm’s way to the platoon’s defensive perimeter. Lieutenant Casey was mortally wounded by a burst of automatic weapons fire. He was 23 years old. Lieutenant Casey was posthumously awarded one of the highest military decorations, the Navy Cross, for his sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades and extraordinary heroism.
Governor Patrick is joined by family and legislators as he signed House Bill 3638, “An Act Designating a Certain Bridge in the Town of Dalton as the Second Lieutenant Michael J. Casey, Sr. Memorial Bridge.” (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office). View additional photos.
“Naming this bridge in Lieutenant Casey’s honor is a small gesture to thank him and memorialize him for his heroic service to our country,” said Governor Patrick.
“Designating the Dalton Bridge as the Second Lieutenant Michael J. Casey, Sr. Memorial Bridge commemorates Lieutenant Casey’s dedication to our Commonwealth and country,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “Massachusetts is proud of all of military servicemen and women, and we thank Senator Downing, Representative Mark, and the state legislature for recognizing and remembering a great Marine.”
“I am proud to have played a part in honoring Lieutenant Casey’s heroic service in Vietnam by securing timely passage of this legislation,” said Senator Benjamin B. Downing. “I look forward to Dalton’s upcoming celebration over Memorial Day weekend when we official designate the bridge in his memory.”
“I am happy that we are able to celebrate Lieutenant Casey and recognize his supreme sacrifice in Vietnam,” said Representative Paul Mark. “His family has been waiting for over 40 years, and I applaud their dedication to making sure Lieutenant Casey receives the honor he deserves.”
In 2004, the Marine Reserve Training Center in Chicopee was dedicated to and named the Second Lieutenant Michael J. Casey Marine Reserve Training Center. The bill is jointly sponsored by Senator Benjamin Downing and Representative Paul Mark.