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Liam Soueth Casey

Liam Casey
Born Jan. 12. 1948
Died April 2, 1967
Service Branch Marines
Rank Private First Class
Rating or Job Machine Gunner
Unit 11th Marines
Campaign Viet Nam
Military Citations Purple Heart
Honors His casket flag hangs in the Paradise city council chambers

Pfc. Liam Soueth Casey

Jan. 12. 1948 - April 2, 1967


Casey was gung-ho from the get-go. Four months before he graduated from Paradise High in June 1966, he tried to enlist in the Marines. They told him to finish high school. Casey graduated from high school on a Friday night. The next Monday he signed papers at the recruiting office.

The son of a military man, Casey had lived over the world as a youth. When he joined Marines, he was living at a friend’s house in Paradise.

In March 1967, Casey was assigned to the Eleventh Marines at Duc Phu, 50 miles from Chu Lai.

“Everything is going fine down here,” he wrote exuberantly after his arrival. “It’s a great body-building and sun-tanning program.” Just 16 days after he arrived in-country, on his fourth patrol, Casey’s unit was attacked. The 19-year-old machine gunner was killed instantly.

The flag that was draped over his coffin now graces the Paradise Town Council chambers.

Chico News & Review, May 26, 1988



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