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Retired major general to talk about kidnapping, rescue efforts

- The Sebring Historical Society will host Maj. Gen. James L. Dozier at its quarterly luncheon meeting at noon Saturday at the Jack R. Stroup Civic Center on Lake Jackson.

The public is invited. Admission is a dish to share and $2 per person to cover cost of beverage and table service.

Dozier, who is retired from the U.S. Army, will speak of his kidnapping by the Italian Red Brigades terrorists in 1981 and his dramatic rescue 45 days later by the Italian police.

The Italian Red Brigades belonged to a group that wanted to undermine the Italian government to pave the way for a Marxist revolution. They undertook this mission by kidnappings, murders and general sabotage of factories and buildings.

Dozier's military career included 35 years of service with the U.S. Army and NATO in the United States, Europe and Asia, with two tours in the Pentagon on the Army staff specializing in Current Operations and Resource Management. He was awarded the Silver Star for heroism and the Purple Heart for wounds in Vietnam.

Dozier lives in North Fort Myers and still serves as an anti-terrorism consultant to various government and private agencies.

For information, call 471-2522.