Eugene Cassin Carusi, 82, Washington Lawyer, Dies
Eugene Cassin Carusi, 82, a Washington Lawyer since 1938 who was former university official, federal prosecutor, and
decorated Navy combat veteran of World War II, died of respiratory failure Nov. 14 at his home in Washington.
He served as a director of the D.C. Bar Association from 1961 to 1963, and had served as trustee of George Washington
Mr. Carusi was born in Washington to one of this citys oldest families. The first of his family settled here in 1802.
Another relation, Commodore Stephen Cassin was a hero of the War of 1812. His grandfather Eugene Carusi was founder
of the old National University. His father, Charles Francis Carusi had chaired the city Board of Education and
served as chancellor of the National University law school.
Mr. Carusi graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1928. After serving aboard cruisers and battleships,
he resigned from the Navy to enter law school.
He graduated from National University law school in 1934, then spent the next four years as an assistant United States
attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1939, he began the private practice of general law, from which he never
retired. Also, in the late 1930s and early 1940s, he was dean and assistant chancellor of the economics and
government school at National University.
In March 1941, he was stationed aboard a munitions carrier at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese forces
attacked the base. In June 1944, as commander of Naval beach battalion on Normandys Omaha Beach, during the famous
D-Day landings, he earned the Silver Star Medal. Shortly after the landings, he was seriously wounded. During the
remainder of the war, he worked as a staff officer in Washington. He retired from the Navy again in 1946, having
attained the rank of commander. In addition to the Silver Star, his decorations included the Purple Heart Medal and
French Croix de Guerre.
He was a member of the Chevy Chase, Burning Tree and Metropolitan clubs.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Cecil Perry, of Washington; two daughters, Mrs. Pierre Pose of
Paris, and Mrs. Howell Scott of New York City; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
September 7, 1946
My dear Lieutenant Davey:
I have addressed this letter to reach you after all the formalities of your separation from active service are
completed. I have done so because, without formality but as clearly as I know how to say it, I want the Navy's pride
in you, which it is my privilege to express, to reach into your civil life and to remain with you always.
You have served in the greatest Navy in the world.
It crushed two enemy fleets at once, receiving their surrenders only four months apart.
It brought our land-based airpower within bombing range of the enemy, and set our ground armies on the beachheads of
It performed the multitude of tasks necessary to support these military operations.
No other Navy at any time has done so much. For your part in these achievements you deserve to be proud as long as
you live. The Nation which you served at a time of crisis will remember you with gratitude.
The best wishes of the Navy go with you into your future life. Good luck!
27 September 1948
Mrs. J. Russell Davey, Jr.
136 So. 18th St.
Dear Mrs. Davey,
Official notice of the death of your husband, James Russell Davey, Jr., Lieutenant, USNR, was received by me today,
and, as the representative of the Navy Department in the Fourth Naval District, may I extend my sincere sympathy,
together with the hope that you may find consolation in the knowledge of your husband's devotion to the duty he has
rendered in the service of his country.
Yours very sincerely,
J. L. KAUFFMAN
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy
Commandant, Fourth Naval District
A letter from Rev. Robert Fulton, '42, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Leesburg, Va., reported that of April 25th
news had come from the Navy Department to Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kincaid, of Leesburg, Va., that their son, John
Franklin Kincaid, '38, lieutenant, U.S.N. Medical Corps, had been killed in action on a destroyer off Okinawa on
April 12, 1945. This promising young doctor was born May 9, 1917, graduated at Hampden-Sydney College in 1938,
entered the Medical School of Duke University at once and graduated in 1942. After serving as intern in Johns
Hopkins Hospital, he entered service in July, 1943. He was on the Normandy Beaches on D-day aiding and treating the
sick and the wounded. Later he was ordered to the West Coast. Before going on sea duty he married on December 2,
1944, in San Diego, Cal., Miss Esther E. Rogers, of Hamilton, Va. Early in January, 1945, he sailed for the South
Pacific. He was happy and useful in his work. In the last letter received from him, written shortly before his
death, he reported that all was well. And this was true; for he lived as a Christian and was ready when the end
came. (The Record, p8)
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