SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force has announced the passing of Paul C. Grassey.
Grassey was a World War II Eighth Air Force veteran and a museum trustee.
Grassey enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, and after training, was assigned as a pilot in the Eighth Air Force. He flew more than a dozen combat missions as a B-24 pilot.
In January of 2020, Grassey was awarded the French Medal of Honor for his service and role in helping to free France from Nazi occupation during World War II.
Grassey volunteered most of his time at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, giving presentations and sharing his experiences with visitors.
In November, our Sam Bauman met with him and found a man full of stories.
When accepting the French Legion of Honor medal, Grassey recognized the veterans he served with and those he volunteered with at the Museum over the years.
“What I got today is for them. These are the guys. I was lucky enough to be here all these years, and I enjoy it, love it. But I always wanted to take care of my pals, my friends up in New Jersey and these guys,” Grassey said.
According to his obituary, Grassey was 97 years old.