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Something You Might Not Have Known: Lifelong friends died together at Iwo Jima in World War II

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Gerald Richard “Dick” Casey and John Henry “Jack” Cotter were both born in Augusta in the early 1920s, and they formed a great friendship that would last their entire short lifetimes. They died together on a beach far away from home, but, long after their deaths, their lifelong friendship is still ...

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  1. Great article on two of America’s greatest young men. We need more articles in all publications that tell stories of men like this. When we lose the last member of the Greatest Generation, we lose much more than just another veteran. We lose the character of a nation that we may never see again. God Bless these men and women and the great nation they fought to preserve.

  2. Nice article, Scott. I agree with the two comments above, that paying tribute to these two members of the Greatest Generation is the right thing to do. They were certainly NOT part of the current “Me Generation”, it was a different time when Mr. Casey and Mr. Cotter helped to defend our country. My Dad was also in the 4th Marine Division on Iwo Jima. He lasted a few weeks, before he was wounded, and eventually came back home to live a full life. Like many other soldiers of his time, my Dad never spoke much about Iwo Jima. We were always proud of him and his service. Again, thanks for this article, Scott.

  3. Great but sad story of two American heroes. Marine Casey is buried in the Casey family plot in Westover Memorial Park next to my grandparents and parents family plot. I pay my respects to Dick Casey at each visit to the cemetery. ????????

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