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Author shares haunting story of WW II hunger march

East Oregonian

Published on November 30, 2017 3:36PM

David Dorfmeier will share about his book “C-Lager: Stalag Luft IV and the 86-Day Hunger March” during an author talk Dec. 9 at the Pendleton Public Library.

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David Dorfmeier will share about his book “C-Lager: Stalag Luft IV and the 86-Day Hunger March” during an author talk Dec. 9 at the Pendleton Public Library.


David Dorfmeier, a Vietnam veteran and a clinical therapist with a special focus on treating post-traumatic stress disorder, shares about his father’s experiences in World War II.

Dorfmeier, who wrote “C-Lager: Stalag Luft IV and the 86-Day Hunger March,” recounts the service history of Sgt. Donald D. Dorfmeier and the air war in Europe. The story also chronicles the heroism of airmen who exhibited the courage to survive. The difficult march resulted in hardships and suffering that would “haunt them for many years to come,” Dorfmeier said.

An author presentation, which includes a slide show, is Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Pendleton Public Library, 502 S.W. Dorion Ave. Admission is free.

Dorfmeier writes about his father’s experiences of being captured, participating in the forced march during the winter of 1945 and his escape during the closing weeks of the war.

Maj. Leslie Caplan, an American flight surgeon, said conditions during the march included bitter weather, living in filth and surviving on starvation rations.

“Hundreds of men suffered from malnutrition, dysentery, tuberculosis and other diseases,” Caplan is quoted in the Congressional Record.

The younger Dorfmeier also served in the Army Reserve and was employed for 20 years with the Department of the Army providing clinical counseling services to active duty soldiers and their family members. After retirement, he served four years as a clinical consultant with the Department of Defense providing adjustment counseling to service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information about the library presentation, contact Jennifer Costley at 541-966-0386 or jennifer.costley@ci.pendleton.or.us. For more about the author and book, visit www.c-lager.com/c-lager.html.



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