By Paul Schmitt
A Sturgeon Bay man recently published his own book on his experiences in Europe during the Cold War era. Jerry Grassel’s book is about his time in the military while being stationed in Germany in the late 1950’s. Grassel, 79, says it took over two years to complete the book that is called “Cold War Stories Unclassified: Revealing, Amusing, and Educational.” Drafted in the Army in 1957, Grassel served in the Army Security Agency that dealt with radio frequency waves and electronic eavesdropping. He says the 284-page book is broken into 54 chapter stories for an easy and entertaining read. The spying that was going on between the occupying allied forces and the Eastern Bloc countries is not the main focus of the book, but rather Grassel’s relationship with his army buddies and the interesting people he met during his time in Germany.
Grassel says “Cold War Stories Unclassified” has been used in area schools as an educational tool by teachers. The book is available for sale at Bosse’s News Stand in Green Bay for only $18.95 or $16 for any veteran of the armed forces by contacting him directly. (920) 743-2684
Jerry’s full interview is available below on Sound Cloud: