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Kansas City Kansas Community College was founded in 1923 as part of the Public School System of Kansas City, Kansas. In 1965, the name of the College changed to Kansas City Kansas ...... more.
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Joe Grasela, reference librarian at KCKCC and Valdenia Winn, professor at KCKCC and a state jordans 11 representative in the Kansas Legislature. government and spoke on its history as well as how that relates to state government.
KCKCC veterans introduced at a Veteran's Day program by Dr. Ewa Unoke (right) included (from left) Dr. Cherilee Walker, George Crump, Joe Grasela, John Davis and Nick Perica. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)
KCKCC veterans with nearly 80 years of combined service were panelists at a Veteran's Day program. They included (from left) Joe Grasela, 20 years; John Davis, 16; Dr. Cherilee Walker, 11; Nick Perica, 26; and George Crump, 6. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins) Joe Grasela, a member of the KCKCC librarian and noted military historian, displayed a collection of Army patches during a Veteran's Day program at KCKCC Thursday. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins) Sharing their military experiences were five members of the College faculty and staff, George Crump, Technical Education Center; John Davis, Campus Police; Joe Grasela, Library Staff; Nick Perica, Director of Counseling; and Dr. Cherilee Walker, Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts. Perica served 26 years in the U.S. Navy including a stint in Vietnam while Grasela was in the U.S. Army for 20 years including 13 months in Korea and 7½ years in Germany.
Joseph Grasela, Reference Librarian
Nearly 900 Kansas City Kansas Community College students and alumni were part of the "Greatest Generation" fighting in World War II as researched by Joe Grasela, KCKCC librarian shown with a WWII uniform and a poster of "Rosie the Riveter."KCKCC prepared young men for possible leadership roles when the U.S. was most challenged," said Joe Grasela, a KCKCC reference librarian who has researched the College's contributions to the World War II effort."On campus, there was a group called the Vendors of Victory who sold defense stamps to help in the war effort and others worked in plants involved with the war effort."Grasela's research is especially timely in light of the start of the highly awaited and much acclaimed PBS documentaries entitled "The War" and produced by Ken Burns that begins on KCPT Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.Statistically, Grasela found 192 students and alumni were involved in the war in 1942, 575 in 1943, 850 in 1944 and a combined 886 at the war's end including 20 women, five male faculty members and one female.Of the 60 who perished, 24 were commissioned officers and 11 non-commissioned officers."A large number were commissioned because they had attended KCKCC and had some college education," said Grasela."It was always suppose to hang in a focal position in the college but when we moved to the new campus, it just vanished," said Grasela."One of our former employees remembers it but no one knows what happened to it."A veteran of 20 years in the Army, Grasela comes from a military family.His father, Joe Sr., was in the Navy in World War II; an uncle John, fought in the Aleutian Islands; and another (Stanley) was in on the liberation of Dachau, the infamous German prison camp.Grasela's 20 years included 13 months in Korea and 7 ½ years in Germany.He was an instructor at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth before retiring.He and his wife Jennifer, have a son, Joe, a senior at Kansas State, and a daughter, Mary, a junior at Creighton.Grasela couldn't agree more."The sacrifices that generation made on the war and home fronts was just incredible," he said.
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