Alfred de Grazia dies
Alfred de Grazia dies (Dec. 29, 1919 - July 13, 2014)
Pity the mourners, not the dead.
Mourning is worse than dying.
Calculating the sadness and tears,
the forlorn reaching for the dead,
I hardly dare to die. It would be
an imposition upon friend and family.
But they ought esteem more the
trouble I take to outlive them,
to keep them happy and chattering
about my faults:
“What silly thing will he do next?”
(Short of dying, of course,
than which nothing is worse
save the mourning that follows.)
From: Twentieth-Century Firesale
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Alfred de Grazia awarded the Legion of Honor
On December 29, 2013, Alfred de Grazia celebrated his 94th birthday with a gathering of mistletoe and a walk along the river Huisne. Two days later, on December 31, 2013, by Presidential Decree, he was named a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honor, France's highest order of distinction.
Alfred de Grazia was made posthumously a Distinguished Member of the Regiment (DMOR) of Psychological Operations, Special Operations Command, in Fort Bragg, NC, on Oct. 31, 2014.
Anne-Marie accepted the honor in his stead from the hands of the Commanding General Eric P. Wendt.
Alfred de Grazia's career in Intelligence