When WWII ended, I’m willing to wager that every parent of a son born after 1926 breathed a huge sigh of relief. They could finally be certain their boy would not join the hundreds of thousands of young Americans who made the supreme sacrifice during that horrible conflict.
No doubt that end-of-the-war relief was felt in the Cassetta household up on 22 Mathias Avenue in Amsterdam. Their oldest son Frank had been born on August 15, 1928 and would graduate from Wilbur Lynch High School in 1946. Now he could plan a future free from the worry that his young life might suddenly end in a jungle on a Pacific island or a beachhead in Europe.
Instead, life got back to normal in the Rug City, which for young Frank meant getting a job in the Bigelow Sanford Rug Mills after he graduated from high school. But the normalcy didn’t last. The country of Korea was at war with itself and neighboring China, which had turned communist after WWII was actively supporting the efforts of Korean revolutionaries fighting for the same outcome in their nation. Harry Truman and a majority of the US Congress were hell bent on preventing that from happening and suddenly, all those parents of kids born after 1926 had a brand new war to worry about.
Frank Cassetta’s turn came in May of 1951…