Those who attended our January program with local-author Joseph Pereira about his book “All Souls Day” might be interested in this recent news story which features one of the veterans who fought in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, about which the book was written.
Anthony Grasso was 20 years old during the battle, and survived thanks to the heroism of 1st Lt. Frank DuBose of South Carolina. Grasso, now 96, is planning a trip to South Carolina to visit DuBose’s grave and pay his respects. According to the Patriot-Ledger, this trip was inspired by the publishing of Joseph Pereira and John Wilson’s book last year and is being organized by Quincy-residents Uncle Sam Rounseville and Gayle Bellotti.
For more information about this story, please see this news clip from WBZ-TV, and the original feature from the Patriot-Ledger. Keep your eyes peeled for more news about Grasso's trip as Memorial Day approaches.
About “All Souls Day”:
The Battle of Hurtgen Forest, fought in early November 1944 on the Belgian-German border, was the worst defeat the United States experienced in the war in Europe. In the disordered aftermath, the fates of numerous American soldiers remained unknown. Their families searched for answers over two generations. The battle itself was largely overlooked by historians until recently.
Pereira’s account focuses on the battle and on the stories of the soldiers and their families and the impact on family members’ subsequent lives. It examines both military strategy and the nature of grief and of the courage of ordinary people.
Investigative journalist Joseph M. Pereira was part of the Wall Street Journal reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 9/11 attacks. He has taught journalism at Emerson College and Boston University and has won several awards for his investigative work. He wrote "All Souls Day" with John L. Wilson, the nephew of one of the men lost in the Hurtgen Forest battle.
You can find a copy of “All Souls Day” here, https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/potomac-books/9781640122253/ or via your preferred book vendor.
WBZ-TV's Bill Shields reports.