World War II veteran Anthony Grasso, one of the first photographed for Bill’s book, has died

[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON Sept. 22, 2022 with the headline: World War II veteran Anthony Grasso photographed for Bill’s book]

NORWOOD — Anthony Grasso of Norword was a private in the US Army in Europe when in 1944 a howitzer shell hit the area along the German-Belgium border where he was with 1st Lt. Frank DuBose. The lieutenant saved Grasso’s life. In 2021, Mr. Grasso was able to pay back Lt. DuBose’s efforts by visiting DuBose’s grave in South Carolina, an effort made possible through a GoFundMe campaign that raised nearly $7,000.

Mr. Grasso died on August 14, 2024 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham. He was 98 years old.

His harrowing story and Mr. Grasso’s trip to South Carolina was chronicled by WBZ CBS-4 TV. You can view the piece by clicking here.

We’ll have more on the services, which are scheduled for Thursday, to celebrate Mr. Grasso’s rremarkable life soon.

Mr. Grasso was one of the first people Bill photographed for his latest project, launched to make portraits of soldiers, veterans, troops and those who support them. Bill, who has published six books, is working on the project now.

Portrait by Bill Brett

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