NORWOOD (CBS) — There was a special send-off Thursday for a 96-year-old Norwood World War II veteran on a lifelong mission. In 1944, Private Anthony Grasso was paired with Lt. Frank DuBose in Europe, when a howitzer shell hit them.
DuBose pushed Grasso out of the way, giving his life to save his partner.READ MORE: Body Of Missing Swimmer Recovered From Hyde Park Pond
“He took the brunt of the blow,” Grasso told WBZ-TV. “And I can never forget it.”READ MORE: 'It's Really Disturbing': Harvard Student In Surfside, Florida Describes Scene Of Building Collapse
Grasso is headed to South Carolina to pay his respects at DuBose’s grave. Family, friends and local officials gathered Thursday to wish him safe travels before police from several departments escorted him to the airport.
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