Columbus doctor, WWII POW remembered in new book

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJune 27, 2014 

The experiences of an Army medic who was held as a prisoner of war during World War II are recalled in a new book, “Dr. Graff Remembers: World War II Reflections.”

Family members of the author, Dr. Peter Carl Graffagnino, will be at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center from 2-4 p.m. July 26 in Columbus for the book release. The book is a collection of editorials written and published while Graffagnino was editor of the Muscogee County Medical Society Bulletin from 1962 to 1981.

He died in January 1984 at age 67. The book was put together in part by Barbara Walden Dent, who served as secretary of the bulletin under Graffagnino, before she died in 2006. The final materials were completed by his son, Robert Graffagnino.

The book details Graffagnino’s Army training in 1942, his capture at Anzio, Italy, in 1944 and a year as a German POW. After a 10-day, 100 mile trek across Northern Poland, he was committed to a German asylum and listed as “missing in action” before he was located in Liege, Belgium.

He recovered in San Antonio, Texas, and returned to his home in New Orleans where he completed medical training. After training, he moved to Columbus to set up a medical practice.

The book is available at gratefulsteps.org, Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. For information, call Grateful Steps at 828-277-0998 or 855-357-1286.

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