The Bronx Chronicle Veteran of the Week

Arthur Grabiner


May 21, 2019

US Navy | Yeoman Second Class

Arthur Grabiner is a World War II veteran who proudly served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Laurens APA153, an attack transport ship, in the Pacific Theater of War. Among other campaigns, Mr. Grabiner participated in the Invasion of Lingayen Gulf in northern Luzon in the Philippines and the Battle of Okinawa. For his unwavering service to his country, he attained the rank of Yeoman Second Class and earned the following honors: Asiatic Pacific Medal 2 Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon 1 Star, American Theater Medal, Victory Medal.

Mr. Grabiner is a lifelong New Yorker. He went through the New York City public school system, graduated from Pace College under the GI Bill, and was a practicing Certified Public Accountant for more than 50 years.

Mr. Grabiner has devoted himself to educating youngsters about the sacrifices of Americans who valiantly served in World War II. He has often visited students in New York City schools, Long Island, Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan, describing his personal experiences as an 18-, 19- and 20-year-old sailor serving in the Pacific Theater of War – vivid, firsthand details not found in any history textbook. Mr. Grabiner enthusiastically shares with young students the enduring lessons he learned about courage, perseverance, honor, freedom and patriotism while fighting for and defending the United States of America during World War II.

Married for 46 years to his late beloved wife, Bernice, they raised two wonderful sons, Peter and Douglas. Peter and his lovely wife, Suzanne, have provided Mr. Grabiner with three doting grandchildren, Jacob (Jake), Sela and Ilana.

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