Warren B. Hoffecker, 57, worked in Middle East

February 14, 2004

Warren Burch Hoffecker was buried yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery after succumbing to a heart attack Jan. 24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The resident of McLean, Va., was 57.

Mr. Hoffecker was born and raised in Chestertown and was a graduate of St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Del. Before completing his college education, he enlisted in the Army, where he served in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and the 5th Special Forces Group.

Wounded in Vietnam, Mr. Hoffecker was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, and received a battlefield promotion to lieutenant. After leaving the Army, he returned to Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. But he had grown to love Southeast Asia, and returned to work with Catholic Relief Services and the International Rescue Committee.

His rescue teams helped located Dith Pran, the Cambodian assistant to New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg. The search for Mr. Pran in Cambodia during the brutal regime of Pol Pot was told in a book and the movie The Killing Fields.

Mr. Hoffecker worked for more than 20 years in the Middle East for the Saudi military, Western Electric Saudi Arabia Ltd. and Saudi Aramco, the state oil company.

Last year, he joined DynCorp, providing security for members of the Iraqi Governing Council and the Iraqi judiciary.

Services were held Feb. 7 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown.

Mr. Hoffecker is survived by his wife of 22 years, Andrea Grochol; a son, Nicholas Hoffecker of McLean; a daughter, Tatiana Hoffecker of McLean; his mother, Miriam F. Hoffecker of Chestertown; a brother, Frank S. Hoffecker of Alexandria, Va.; and a sister, Gretchen H. Knowles of Chestertown.

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