James Warren Casey was the baby of his family. He was born in Seattle, Washington, on Feb. 2, 1922, nine years after the youngest of his five siblings.
His father, George Casey, was a butcher who owned his own shops, and his mother, Mary Daniel Casey, was a homemaker.
The son attended Roosevelt High School, where his photo appears in the 1940 yearbook as one of a few dozen second semester presidents of the vocational classes. He enlisted in the Navy on March 31, 1940.
Mr. Casey was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.His mother told the Seattle Daily Times that he loved the Navy and that “If he had to go, I’m glad it could be doing a job he wanted to do.”
Sources: The Seattle Daily Times; Census; Navy muster rolls; Roosevelt High yearbook; U.S. Veterans Administration master index. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.