Archive for May, 2011

Wailing Wall

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Just an FYI… Last week while in Israel for work my team and I were invited by FedEx Isreal to an exclusive tour of the “Old City” followed by a business dinner at the Mamilla Hotel. Although we were not able to make it over to Jerusalem in time for the tour, we did make it there a bit early for the dinner. We had just enough time for my Israeli colleague to drop my boss and I off in front of the Western Wall entrance to the old city (“Batei Mahase”). I ran up and placed the memorial prayer card from Dad’s service in the wailing wall, and said a little prayer for him and the family. They say that wall has a direct line to the big guy upstairs!



Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Just found this poem Lenny wrote about my brother Jimmy


So, you’re looking for something brand new, we’ll think you found the spot

We’ve got everything you need, on the “good-friend parking lot”

Everything from ‘dependable’ — to ‘eye-candy’ can be fun

But let’s start with the best, oh, yes,  Jim Dandy is the one! (more…)

Rest in Peace My Dear Friend

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Jim was a dear friend, neighbor and colleague of mine over the past several years at Fort Rucker, Alabama.  My family and I are deeply saddened to hear about his sudden death.  He will be greatly missed.  We shared the same birthday, both day and year and will continue to so.  May he rest in peace.  Our prayers and condolences are with his friends and family.


Clark Housewright and Family

Written by James W Casey: Leadership

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

 Hard working, Dependable, Loyal – A true Leader!

Dad served proudly as an officer in the US Army for more than 20 years and then 15 more years serving as a civilian consultant to the military. Dad was very proud of his service! I was looking through my grandfather’s (Pop Pop or Old Man Casey as he now likes to be called, at 95 you get to pick your names!) memory box and found a 1979 flight school graduation. There were 50 or so students in the class, 3 graduated with honors of course dad was one of them. Dad was a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot for most of his career. He served as the XO of the 201st Aviation Company in Korea, he was very proud to have served his country overseas. Dad late in his career served as the XO (more…)


Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Just wanted to say that Jim was a very dear friend, and he will truly be missed.  Im so sorry for your loss.  I knew Jim for many years, and I can say he was one of a kind.  We were neighbors for several years when he lived in Hoover.   He always included my son David when he and Dillon did fun things on weekends when Dillon was with he.  They came to several of Davids baseballs games and rooted him on!!  He was alway a joy to be around..  I remember Jim as one who put others first before himself.  RIP  Jim, you are missed!

if Heaven wasn’t so far away

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

this post is from my sister clare‘s website

Carpenters for Christ

Monday, May 16th, 2011

I believe there has been some confusion about donations… Dad was a BIG supporter of this charity, and for years he would spend a good portion of his vacation time swinging a hammer and breaking his back in what I am sure was some dry HOT weather in the southeast.  (more…)

Flight school 1978

Monday, May 16th, 2011

 Camera phone picture of a picture of Dad During his flight school days at Fort Rucker Alabama (will need to scan this one in to improve the quality). I remember being amazed at how big that helmet was, and how dad was like “Luke Skywalker”!

what do we do now?

Sunday, May 15th, 2011
jim casey was one in a million.
he loved to fish,
but he loved it even more when someone else would catch the biggest fish
– because jim was all about sharing your moment.
jim casey always sent hand-written “thank you” notes after an event or a visit.
jim casey always had a gift or a treat for the kids.
jim casey always made sure that everyone (more…)

how to survive a depression

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

this post was written, about jim, back on october 14, 2008:
it is entitled HTSAD-3 (“how to survive a depression”).  for the original, click here:

HTSAD (how to survive a depression), step 3: cultivate positive interpersonal relationships

surviving and thriving in a depression/recession (even an economic one) is, for the most part, not about having money.

the key is to be able to access that which is important to you at the time. may be water, it may be food, it may be transportation, it may even be protection.

the bottom line? we’ll need other people. (more…)

irish Angel

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

jim is my irish Angel” – abby williams

a missing-man formation is the order of the day
a gentle irish Angel who is showing us the way
a missing-man formation is the first toast of the night
a resting irish Angel who makes everything all-right

selfless soldier
by f. t. bliss

(sung to the tune of “breathe” (2 a.m.) by ann nalick — it even uses her ft. bliss reference)
selfless soldier, he crosses a very fine line
is it war? is it Peace? is it Love? is it time?

Fondest Memories of Jim

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Though my wife Caye and I only knew Jim for about 10 years we feel like we grew together since childhood. He had a knack of sharing his life with you in such a way you think you knew him all along.  We were neighbors in Destin, Fl  and I “camped” with him in Daleville. Al–I too worked the flight training contract at Ft. Rucker and got to know him professionaly and socialy{see blog by Donna Overstreet) almost on a daily basis.

Through Jim we were able to meet more of his friends and have great times together–mainly at parties at Jim’s house. Our experiences with him reflect on his impeccable manners, social (more…)

The Hallmark Man

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Did my Uncle Jimmy ever let a birthday or anniversary go by without sending a card? No. I always got a card for my birthday and anniversary from him. I have never known anyone who was so good at acknowledging those special days with a card. In March I celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary and as I have come to expect Uncle Jimmy’s card showed up right on time. Every year for 20 years he sent us a card on our anniversary. I don’t even think my husband gave me a card every year and I am sure I didn’t get him one every year either. Thank you, Uncle Jimmy, for reminding us with your cards of the important vows we made that day.

Donald Duck and the Beach

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

I remember when I was young and would cry, Uncle Jimmy would always try to cheer me up by using his Donald Duck voice. It usually would work. He always entertained me and my brothers with this unique vocal talent… When I was trying to tell my kids the bad news, they said, “Uncle Jimmy? The one who talks like Donald Duck?” He used the same voice to entertain my kids too! He always seemed to love to be around young children and was always so good with them. This leads me to remember the times we would go to the beach, Wildwood of course. He would always help the kids dig a deep hole. I vaguely remember him saying we were going to dig to China. I vaguely remember burying different people in those holes, but I definitely remember him digging right there with us. Thank you, Uncle Jimmy, I hope I can be as good with the children in my life as you were with me.

Remembering Jim

Friday, May 13th, 2011

I first met Jim in July of 1982.  At my first duty station after Army flight school, I was sent to Camp Humphreys, Korea.  There, “Captain” Jim Casey was the Executive Officer of the 201st Assault Helicopter Company.  I became one of the Platoon Leaders and worked with Jim for several months, until his reassignment.   One thing I remember was his efficiency at keeping the company, the Company Commander, and all us junior officers, straight.  He was one of the most organized people I had ever met.  He worked long hours and kept notes on everything.  We were flying UH-1 “Huey’s” in those days and did many missions at night using the old AN-PVS5 Night Vision Goggles(NVG).  Looking back, (more…)

fond memories of Jim Casey

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Casey/O’Connor/Hennelly Clans

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I too don’t have a just one favorite memory of Jimmy. My childhood memories include him and his sibilings. My Mom did a good job keeping the families close and letting us know how important is was to know one another. I think that was accomplished with our many visits from Rockaway Beach, NY to Washington Heights & Jackson Heights for many Holiday visits. What I do remember of Jimmy was he was great father, a great son, a great brother and last but not least an Wonderful Grandpa to his grandchildren. How many did you see him without a smile on his face regardless of what was going on around him. He will be miss by more people than you can imagine. Love BettyAnn Lueder (next in the birth pecking order of the Casey/O’Connor/Hennelly Clans

Did you Know?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

“Jim was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) as the XO of the task force 160th Knight Stalkers.  The 160th is a special operations unit of the United States Army that provides helicopter aviation support for Special Operations Forces. The 160th SOAR are also known as the Night Stalkers and their motto is Night Stalkers Don’t Quit.  The 160th SOAR consists of the Army’s best-qualified aviators and support soldiers and its missions have included attack, assault, and reconnaissance, and are usually conducted at night, at high speeds, low altitudes, and on short notice.”

What is your favorite JMC memory?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I have sooo many that I can’t decide on a favorite now… Let me think on it for awhile, and I’ll get back to you. I Want to hear yours… add your comments below – Matt

Remembering Jim

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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The Selfless Soldier

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

This site is dedicated to the memory of our father – the greatest man I have known!  James Michael Casey, Jim, Jimmy, Dad, Pop Pop… the MAN – Your giving nature was recognized and admired by all!  I love you Dad

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