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Paul Grassey

2nd Lieutenant (Ret.) Paul Grassey started his military career in November of 1942, when he enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. Once Grassey completed Basic Military Training in Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., he was sent to Easton, Pa. to attend Lafayette College to begin his Air-Cadet training. Shortly after, Paul received his pilot wings at Stuttgart, Ark. and was assigned to B-24's. Grassey later received orders for the 446th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, Bungay, England and flew 13 combat missions.

After the war and serving six years in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Paul decided to return to school and graduated in 1948 from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. with a Bachelors of Arts degree. Once Paul received his degree, he went on to pursue his career in the civilian sector with Burroughs Corporation in New York City dedicating more than 20 years of faithful service with the company.

Once he retired from Burroughs Corporation, Grassey and his wife, Nancy, relocated to Savannah, Ga., in March of 1989. A few months after Paul and his wife, Nancy, moved to Savannah, he was asked to attend meetings at The Mighty Eighth Air Force Historical Society at Hunter Air Base, Ga. Grassey loved what the historical society stood for, so he decided to join the organization. As a member of the historical society, he was able to watch the development of the Heritage Center Museum in Pooler, Ga. The Mighty Eighth Air Force opened their own museum on May 15, 1996, where Grassey served as a volunteer for 18 years and is now a board trustee.