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CHAT with Craig & Fred

August 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm


Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How they Rescued Each Other – August 8th at Skidompha Library

Chats with Champions welcomes Craig Grossi, former US Marine, and Fred, former Afghani stray. Grossi will speak at Skidompha Library on Thursday, August 8 at 10 a.m. in the Library’s Porter Meeting Hall. Please note that limited seating is available. Please also allow time for parking.

Author Craig Grossi is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart, and Georgetown University graduate. He was as surprised as anyone to meet his first dog during his most dangerous field assignment in Afghanistan. Fred welcomed Grossi to one of the harshest environments in the world with a wagging tail: Sangin District in Helmand Province. After following him everywhere for two months in the field, Grossi was determined to get Fred to America. With proper scheming and a lot of help, he was able to send Fred home to his family in the states while he completed his tour.

​Grossi “left the Marines with a new mission: to share his story and his adventures with Fred.” Grossi’s memoir, Craig and Fred, is the uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other. They now travel America together, “spreading the message of stubborn positivity.”

Grossi was raised in Fairfax County, VA and is now a resident of Maine. When not traveling with Fred, he spends his time with veteran organizations including the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Craig and Fred the book is available in two versions, one for adults and the other for young readers eight and older. Both formats will be available for purchase following Craig’s talk.

Chats with Champions is a free community offering from your national award-winning Skidompha Library at 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine. This program is generously sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop. For more information, please call the library at 207-563-5513.


August 8, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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