February 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm #1047October 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm #4282
CONFIRMED CENTEX MISSION
LTC William A "Bill" Grusy, 92, US Air Force & Air Force Reserve
Retired, WWII & Vietnam Veteran of Sun City, TX
The family of Lieutenant Colonel William Grusy has requested the presence of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Interment of their Loved One.
In 1942 "Bill" trained as a fighter pilot. While in Europe during WWII, he flew missions from France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, and Germany in support of Allied Ground Forces. The standard combat tour was 75 missions, but he finished his tour with 82 missions. Following Bill's return to the US, he was selected to be a member of the first jet-equipped unit in the US Air Force. Later he was transferred to Japan to assist in establishing the first overseas jet unit, and was a member of the first jet flight over Japan. Bill spent 4 ½ years as a test pilot at Wright Field, Ohio. During this time he experienced four engine failures, which were included in a book titled "Test Flying at Old Wright Field." Bill is a member of the Mach Buster's Club and the Wright Stuff Association. From Wright Field, Bill embarked on another combat tour in Korea, consisting of 100 missions, one of which ended in a crash landing. In 63, Bill retired in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel with over 5,000 hours of flying time. His combat awards include two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 17 Air Medals, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Bill's full obituary may be found here: http://www.ramseyfuneral.com/obituaries-memorials.aspx?turl=http://hosting-24615.tributes.com/show/william-bill-grusy-96475232
Date: Monday, 14 Oct 13
Staging Time: 1110
Staging Location: The cul-de-sac between the Walk of Heroes and the Memorial Shelter at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery located off TX 195 just south of Killeen, TX tinyurl.com/CenTexVetsCeme
Briefing: 1115 – Upon clearance and at the direction of the Ride Captain, we will move to the shelter, set up the flags and await arrival of Bill and his family from Georgetown.
WX: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
Note: Hydrate well prior, bring water for yourself and a buddy and dress with consideration of the weather conditions.
Please join us in honoring this US Air Force & Air Force Reserve, WWII and Vietnam Retiree for his selfless service to our Great Nation.
Ride Captain: Mary “Marebear” Gregory; 254.458.2120; Mgregory2@hot.rr.com
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