Watch CBS News

Norwood WWII Veteran Headed To Visit Grave Of Soldier Who Saved Him Gets Special Send-Off

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.

"He took the brunt of the blow," Grasso told WBZ-TV. "And I can never forget it."

Frank DuBose
Frank Dubose (pictured here) saved Anthony Grasso's life while the two served during WWII. (WBZ-TV)

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.

The trip is possible thanks to a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $7,000.


View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.