Was ‘Crusher’ Casey Ireland’s toughest emigrant sportsman?

Irish wrestler was World Heavyweight Champion for six years, while fighting in WWII

Steve ‘Crusher’ Casey is memorialised by a bronze statue in his hometown of Sneem. Photograph: Peter Dorgan/Wikimedia Commons

Steve ‘Crusher’ Casey is memorialised by a bronze statue in his hometown of Sneem. Photograph: Peter Dorgan/Wikimedia Commons

On December 7th, 1941 the Japanese Imperial Navy launched a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbour.

In the wake of the attack thousands of men enlisted in the US armed forces, many of whom were newly arrived immigrants. They came from every corner of the globe, including Ireland, and a myriad of backgrounds, yet were eager to prove their loyalty to their new homeland. They chose to fight against those who sought to dominate the European and Asian continents.

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