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Long Island WWII Marine hero gets bridge named in his honor

ALBANY -- A Marine who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for holding strong during a siege at Guadalcanal in World War II is now memorialized in the renaming of a bridge on Long Island in his honor.

The bridge at Exit 34 on County Route 28 in the Town of Babylon is now named the Corp. Tony Casamento Memorial Bridge.

Casamento is credited with holding his position during a Japanese attack. Only two of 32 men survived. Casamento held out despite severe bullet and shrapnel wounds until reinforcements bolstered the position.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1980. He died in Northport in 1987 at 66.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the legislation Friday, which was passed in the Legislature earlier this year.

“Tony Casamento showed unmatched bravery in the face of dangerous circumstances,” said Assemb. Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Wheatley Heights). “This memorial will stand as a testament to his fighting spirit and unwavering dedication to defending his country.”

Sen. Michael Venditto (R-Oyster Bay) said the renaming honors an American hero’s “selflessness, honor, bravery, and patriotism.”

A park in Bay Shore and a highway in Farmingdale are also named for the him.

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