Paul F Grabbe, 70, of 411 McKinney Road, died Saturday morning at the Good Samaritan Hospital. A native of Freelandville, he was born Oct 13, 1911, son of William and Minnie Neidringhaus Grabbe.He was a retired captain and veteran, having served during WWII. He was shop foreman 25 years for Bruce Kixmiller Inc, and then co-owner and manager of the Pike Automotive Supply at Petersburg. He retired in 1974. He was survived by his wife, Naomi-Cantwell Grabbe, a brother, sister and several nieces and nephews.
Donated in his name to the Society were his captain's bars and an Ordnance Corps pin.
From the US Army Ordnance Corps and School website www.goordnance.army.mil
The Ordnance branch is one of the oldest branches of the US Army founded on May 14, 1812, even though the duties and responsibilities of the profession date back to the colonial era. The Mission of the Ordnance Dept was to provide and furnish ordnance (ie weapons) for the military. During the Civil War, the Ordnance Dept was called upon to arm and equip an army of unprecedented size. (Interestingly enough women were especially sought after to work in the ammunition plants due to the contemporary perception that a woman’s nimble and petite fingers worked better at assembling paper rifle cartridges.) During WWII the corps established a bomb disposal squad.
The Shell and Flame (nicknamed the flaming bomb) insignia is considered the oldest branch insignia in the US Army, dating back to 1832. It represents an iron hand grenade with a powder charge and a fuse which had to be lit before throwing.
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