George Herbert Casey in the 81st Division, 324 Infantry Regiment, Company D WWI

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George Herbert Casey in the 81st Division, 324 Infantry Regiment, Business D WWI
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George Herbert Casey served in WWI, &quotThe Fantastic War&quot, Veteran from Wayne County, North Carolina near Goldsboro. He was the grandson of John Joshua Casey of Business H, 2nd NC of the CSA.

George Herbert Casey was born on 19 Dec. 1895 in Wayne County, North Carolina, USA. His father was George Wright Casey of Goldsboro/Wayne County, North Carolina, USA. His mother was Mary Murphy-Casey of Goldsboro/Wayne County, North Carolina, USA. George Herbert Casey’s father passed when he was one year old following falling into the loved ones cotton gin (see photo:… ). His mother married Albert White and had 3 far more sons then passed away in 1912 when George was seventeen years old.

The 324th Infantry Regiment was a North Carolina National Guard Unit assigned to the 81st Infantry (Stonewall or Wildcat) Division.

The 81st Division was initially made up of men drafted from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. The 1st men sent to the division had been part of the first draft of September five, 1917. The division was referred to as the &quotWildcat Division.&quot A wildcat silhouette was adopted as a shoulder patch for the division, the initial insignia worn by troops in the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). The division was organized at Camp Jackson, near Columbia, South Carolina in September 1917 and went into instruction. In May possibly 1918 it was sent to Camp Sevier, close to Greenville, South Carolina, and in July it was ordered to New York to be shipped overseas. In August the division sailed to England and then to France. It was initially sent to the trenches in September where it held what was regarded a quiet front. Although there the division suffered 116 casualties.

On November six, the division was transferred to the front east of Verdun, on the east side of the Meuse River. Starting on November eight the division attacked German positions for two days with limited success. From the outset the 81st Division’s troops were met with heavy German machine gun and artillery fire. Rumors reached the 81st Division commanders that an armistice may be signed on November 11, but because no official word was received about a cessation of hostilities, they ordered their men to continue their attacks. At daybreak, November 11, 81st Division soldiers had been ordered to assault German positions. The troops slowly advanced through the heavy fog and German shell and machine gun fire. Then, at 11:00, the firing abruptly stopped. The war was over. The 81st Division suffered 1,104 casualties–248 killed or dead from wounds and 856 wounded–for the quick time it was in combat. Like the 30th Division, the 81st Division remained in France and was not portion of the Army of Occupation in Germany. In early June the males were shipped back to the United States and discharged from service. Courtesy: Logan in Kosovo

Soon after the war George H. Casey lived with his sister Carrie Casey-Harrell. He met and married the widow Cora Howell who had young children from her late husband. George and Cora had no kids and Cora passed away quickly right after their marriage. George Casey passed away in 1948 in North Carolina from a broken neck received in an automobile accident on 17 Might 1948 in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, USA.

Pulling security
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Image by The U.S. Army
Pfc. Dustin Dean, an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, pulls safety behind a machine gun while the rest of his platoon searches a farmhouse for intelligence throughout a platoon instruction and evaluation exercise April 27, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Dean’s battalion, the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, has been tasked to augment a brigade of paratroopers at the moment on the brief-notice global response force. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

[Initial flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, ten:35 a.m. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina] (LOC)
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Image by The Library of Congress
[Very first flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, 10:35 a.m. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina]

[1903 Dec. 17]

1 adverse : glass, dry plate 5 x 7 in.

Photograph shows the very first powered, controlled, sustained flight. Orville Wright at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright running alongside to balance the machine, has just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing. The beginning rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and other things required for flight preparation are visible behind the machine. (Orville Wright preset the camera and had John T. Daniels squeeze the rubber bulb, tripping the shutter.)

Title and subject note from: Wilbur &amp Orville Wright, pictorial materials: a documentary guide / Arthur G. Renstrom. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982, p. 57.
Attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright.
Restricted access. Please use digital image or other reference copy. Original adverse is as well fragile to serve.
Forms component of: Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Published in: The tradition of technologies : Landmarks of Western technology … / Leonard C. Bruno. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1995, p. 286.
Published in: American treasures in the Library of Congress. New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1997, p. 96.
Published in: Eyes of the nation : a visual history of the United States / Vincent Virga and curators of the Library of Congress. New York : Knopf, 1997.
Library of Congress prints and photographs: an illustrated guide / Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1995, p. 19.
Published in: Viewpoints a choice from the pictorial collections of the Library of Congress …. Washington : Library of Congress …, 1975, no. 49.

Wright, Orville,–1871-1948.
Wright, Wilbur,–1867-1912.
Airplanes–North Carolina–Kitty Hawk–1900-1910.
Firsts–North Carolina–Kitty Hawk–1900-1910.

Format: Dry plate negatives–1900-1910.

Rights Info: No identified restriction on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright (DLC) 00649999

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Call Quantity: LC-W86- 35