In honor of Veteran’s Day, Wenatchee Public Library is hosting Wenatchee author Peggy Ludwick to talk about her father’s war experiences during World War II.
The program will be Nov. 8 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Ludwick’s book, A Doctor’s War, is one man’s journey through the minefields of love and war, and what he learns about himself along the way. It’s also a daughter’s discovery of the young man she never knew, before he became a father. She will be leading a presentation, A Daughter’s Pilgrimage, about her recent trip to Italy to retrace her father’s routes and battlefields during the war.
Through wartime photos, letters, artifacts, and interviews, Ludwick offers a unique insight into war experiences while exploring how her own life was transformed by learning her father’s story.
Ludwick’s father, Lt. Col./Maj. Arthur L. Ludwick Jr., was a medical officer in the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division on the front lines of World War II. He treated wounded American soldiers in some of the bloodiest battles in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded both the Purple Heart and Silver Star, unusual combat commendations for a medical officer.
Ludwick was inspired to write about her father’s experiences after discovering 265 letters he wrote home while deployed overseas.