Sergeant Joseph Aime LaCasse

 

Unit : "B" Company, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

Army No. : B 101038

Awards : Military Medal

 

The task of "B" Company on D-Day was to escort engineers of the 3rd Parachute Squadron to the bridge at Robehomme so that they might destroy it. Sergeant LaCasse was one of the few members of his Company not to land in the treacherous flooded areas that surrounded their drop zone. He gathered some men about him and soon encountered Lieutenant Toseland of No.5 Platoon. This force, guided by a French girl, gathered in more men of various units en route and soon reached the bridge. There was much delay in acquiring sufficient quantities of explosives, but by dawn the bridge had been satisfactorily blown.

 

On the 8th June, Sergeant LaCasse took part in "B" Company's assault upon a farmhouse position, and for his actions here he was awarded the Military Medal:

 

At Le Mesnil on 8th June 1944 in Company attached this man showed a very high standard of leadership and courage in that he led his section from assaulting position across open field which was swept by fire and then onto objective. His section knocked out Light Machine Gun position. He was wounded on the thigh by a grenade on objective but still took his section to reorganisation area and was wounded twice more in so doing.

 

Sergeant LaCasse died of his wounds on the 8th June. He was 24 years old.

 

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