Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he signed a measure to designate a bridge in Suffolk County to honor a World War II hero.
The legislation, (S.4952/A.8152), designated the bridge at Exit 34 on County Route 28 in the Town of Babylon as Corporal Tony Casamento Memorial Bridge.
"With nearly insurmountable odds, Corporal Casamento demonstrated supreme bravery and honor during one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific Theater during World War II," Governor Cuomo said. "His valor is a point of pride for all New Yorkers and this commemoration is one small way to honor his service and preserve his memory for generations to come."
Corporal Tony Casamento, born in Manhattan, New York, was a member of the United States Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. During a Japanese attack on allied interests in Guadalcanal from which only two of 32 men survived, he held his position despite suffering from severe bullet and shrapnel wounds until reinforcements arrived. Later, Corporal Casamento lived in West Islip and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1980 for his bravery. He passed away in Northport in 1987.
Senator Michael Venditto said, "I am proud to sponsor this legislation as a testament to Corporal Tony Casamento's selflessness, honor, bravery, and patriotism. Naming a bridge after Corporal Casamento is a well-deserved honor for this American hero. I commend Governor Cuomo for recognizing Tony Casamento’s service and dedication to our nation during its hour of need."
Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre said, "Cpl. Tony Casamento served this country honorably fighting to protect our freedom. Renaming this bridge in his honor is a reminder of the selfless courage and sacrifices the men and women in our armed forces make on our behalf. Tony Casamento showed unmatched bravery in the face of dangerous circumstances. This memorial will stand as a testament to his fighting spirit and unwavering dedication to defending his country."
The bridge is contiguous with a county highway named in his honor.
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