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Michael Cassavino


Date and Place of Birth: April 24, 1915 Lyons, NY
Date and Place of Death:    September 15, 1943 Salerno, Italy
Baseball Experience: Semi-Pro
Position: Catcher
Rank: Sergeant
Military Unit: Company C, 389th Port Battalion, 36th Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: Mediterranean Theater of Operations

Michael A. Cassavino was born in 1915 in Lyons, New York. A three-sport star on the Lyons High School championship squads between 1931 and 1934, Cassavino went on to play with baseball and basketball with the St. Michael’s Ramblers. He was also catcher and manager for the Lyons team that won the Powers & Vail League titles in 1939 and 1940.

Employed by the New York Central Railroad, Cassavino entered military service with the Army on April 9, 1942. Based initially at Fort Niagara, he was then at Fort McClellan, Alabama and Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he was attached to Company C, 389th Port Battalion. The 389th then left for Canada where the y loaded supplies onto ships in Hudson Bay. After a time stationed at Fort Miles Standish, Massachusetts, the 389th went overseas to North Africa, loading and unloading ships at Oran.

Following North Africa he was at Sicily and then Italy. Sergeant Michael Cassavino was killed in action during the landing operations at Salerno on September 15, 1943.

In 1948, Cassavino’s body was returned to New York. Services were held at St. Michael’s Church in Lyons on July 29. He is buried at South Cemetery in Lyons.

Thanks to Astrid van Erp for help with information for this biography.

Date Added: June 17, 2012. Updated August 4, 2017

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