Lt. Col. Bernard August Kaasmann, USMC, Ret of the Bear Creek Community, died February 11, 2001 at Pitt Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Born August 14, 1927 in Lette, Germany and reared in Chicago, IL. His parents, Elizabeth Kannapinn and August Kaasmann are deceased. He is survived by his wife, the former Annie Laurie Dickens; a son Bernard (Valerie Wharton) Kaasmann of Yorktown, VA; a daughter, Jacqueline K. (Kevin) Burns of Dayton, NV; a granddaughter, Annie Laurie Cordle Per-Lee of Homewood, FL and a brother Clemens Kaasmann of Hollywood, CA. Lt. Col. Kaasmann enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1945. He was a Mustang Engineer Officer and served in three wars, World War II, Korea and Viet Nam. He was ordered to Quantico for officer screening in 1952 while serving as an engineer company First Sergeant at Camp Pendleton. He served in a variety of billets in seven engineer battalions within the Fleet Marine Forces. He commanded the 8th and 11th Engineer Battalions and was Division Engineer for the 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions and as IMAT Engineer in Okinawa. He served in Northern China in 1945 and 46, was Officer in charge of Utilities Schools at the Marine Corps Engineer Schools at Courthouse Bay; Executive Officer of the Marine Detachment in Trinidad; instructor of Basic School at Quantico; head of the Engineer Branch, Marine Corps Development Center and at Quantico. His personal medals include the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Rifle Expert, Pistol Expert and Automatic Rifle Expert. Taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the Marine Corps Boot Strap Program, he graduated from San Diego State University with honors. He played on the championship football teams at Quantico 1948-1950; coached football at Camp Lejeune 1955-1957; and again at Quantico in 1960-1961. He retired in 1975. Graveside service will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA on February 27, 2001 at 11 a.m. with full military honors. The cemetry has requested that attendees be at the Main Administration Building by 10:30 a.m. on the date of the service. Memorials may be sent to Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 677 Bear Creek Road, Hubert, NC 28539.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Feb. 16, 2001.